Arab Foreign Ministers To Approach United Nations For Rescinding Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

| December 10 , 2017 , 13:24 IST

Foreign ministers of the 22-member Arab League on Sunday demanded that United States President Donald Trump rescind the announcement he made on December 6 recognising the contested ancient city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Arab Foreign ministers termed the US act as a 'grave' development and a violation of international law, saying that they would approach the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to adopt a resolution condemning Trump's decision.

Acknowledging that as a permanent member of the UNSC with veto powers, the US would likely veto the resolution in the UNSC, the Arab leaders said that they would seek a similar resolution to be passed in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki said to media from Cairo.

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However, no punitive actions against the US, such as boycott of American products or downgrading ties with Washington were mentioned in the two-page resolution adopted by the Arab League in the emergency meeting.

"We have taken a political decision not meant to reflect [what is going on in] the streets. Political work is responsible work," said Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit.

"Jerusalem has been occupied for 50 years. This is an extended battle, a battle that will be escalated," he told the news conference.

As per the resolution of the Arab League, the ministers would meet again in a month, although an emergency Arab summit may be called in Jordan to discuss Jerusalem.

Trump's announcement on recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his intention to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was slammed by leaders from across the world , with even close allies suggesting that he needlessly stirred more conflict in an already volatile region.

As Jerusalem lies at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Trump's move, regardless of his statement that he believed in a two-state solution, was perceived as siding with Israel.