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Arab League Slams Brazil for Trade Office in Jerusalem

Arab League Slams Brazil for Trade Office in Jerusalem

Friday, 20 December, 2019 - 09:30
A general view of the Arab League delegates meeting in Cairo, Egypt December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The Arab League condemned Brazil’s opening of a trade office in the occupied city of Jerusalem and called on all countries of the world to abide by Security Council resolutions in this regard.

At an emergency meeting in Cairo on Thursday, representatives from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, among other states, criticized Brazil’s move as a violation of international law and voiced their continued support for the Palestinian cause.

In a statement, the Council expressed “deep regret” that the Brazilian government had reversed its decades-long Mideast policy.

Permanent Saudi Representative at the Arab League Osama bin Ahmed Naqli, stressed that the Palestinian issue was the Kingdom’s priority, calling on the international community to “put an end to this conflict according to the foundations of a permanent and comprehensive solution.”

He expressed the Kingdom’s stance, saying that any unilateral move in violation of international legitimacy would further complicate the Palestinian cause and increase the sufferings of the Palestinian people.

Naqli underlined “Saudi Arabia’s refusal to change the demographic reality of Jerusalem and its legal status.”

Egypt also affirmed its rejection of Brazil’s move and expressed its willingness to engage with all Arab countries to stand against these measures, stressing its “supportive stance on the Palestinian issue, whether at the bilateral level or in all international forums until the establishment of the Palestinian State.”

It declared its firm rejection of the opening of any offices or official missions in the occupied city of Jerusalem, stressing that such actions “constitute a harmful step to the peace process.”

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