Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil Thursday said that he informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of his willingness to establish a Lebanese embassy in occupied East Jerusalem.
Describing the city as “the capital of Palestine,” Bassil wrote in a tweet that he had submitted a letter to Abbas asking to “exchange” land between Lebanon and Palestine for this purpose.
Bassil claimed that Abbas promised him to work quickly to provide a piece of land for Lebanon in East Jerusalem, which is under Israeli occupation. Bassil added that this plan would be decided on Thursday during Lebanon’s Cabinet meeting, “God willing.”
Bassil’s comments come a day after he accompanied President Michel Aoun to an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Countries in Istanbul called for by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel earlier this month.
The OIC, which brings together 57-Muslim nations, issued a final statement that recognized East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.
Prior to Trump’s announcement, U.S. policy had largely adhered to international standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains East Jerusalem as an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory, to be the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel’s illegal occupation of the territory since 1967.
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