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Saudi: Any Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is Void

Saudi: Any Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital is Void

Friday, 26 January, 2018 - 11:15
Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi. Asharq Al-Awsat

Saudi Arabia has stressed that any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is void and would inflame the entire Middle East, weakening the chances for a permanent peace.


“Jerusalem is and will always be Palestine’s historic and eternal capital,” Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdallah al-Mouallimi told a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.


“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would like to remind that any measure taken by the Israeli occupation ... towards the Holy City of Jerusalem is null and void,” the diplomat said on Thursday.


“Any recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or the transfer of the embassy of any country into it is also void,” he added.


Such a measure inflames the entire region and weakens chances for a comprehensive and permanent peace based on a two-state solution, the diplomat warned.


Mouallimi stressed that the Arab Peace Initiative made by Saudi Arabia in 2002 had confirmed the willingness of Arabs and Muslims to achieve peace based on international resolutions by ending Israeli occupation of all Arab lands, including Jerusalem.


The Saudi Ambassador also urged the UN Security Council to take a decisive stance towards Iran and stress that the international community won’t stand idle towards Tehran’s terrorist and aggressive acts, which lead to regional and international instability.


He said it was also time to seriously deal with Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” and unveil its terrorist operations in Syria, Lebanon and other parts of the world.


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