Rabu , 06 December 2017, 15:28 WIB

Morocco's King reiterates strong support for Palestinian

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Morocco's King Mohammed VI
Morocco's King Mohammed VI

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, RABAT -- Morocco's King Mohammed VI and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed over phone on Tuesday U.S. decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the king's office said in a statement.

King Mohammed VI, the chairman of the Organization of Islamic Coorperation's Al Quds Committee, reiterated the kingdom's "strong and unwavering support for the brotherly Palestinian people in defending their just cause and legitimate rights, mainly concerning the status of Jerusalem."

The king "voiced his flat refusal of any action that could undermine the multi-religious aspect of the holy city or alter its legal and political status," the statement added.

The Palestinian president, on his part, hailed the king's role and action, and deplored the fact that the U.S. administration's agenda includes such "inappropriate initiative."

He expressed the deep concern of the Palestinian authority over the consequences of this matter on the peace process in the Middle East and the region's security and stability, the statement noted.

The two leaders agreed to maintain direct contacts and continuous consultations on this issue, as well as a close coordination between the two governments to set, together, steps to take and actions to undertake, it added.

The king has warned U.S. President Donald Trump over the relocation intention, saying that the legal status of Jerusalem "needs to be preserved and nothing should be undertaken that might affect its current political status."

The king highlighted the paramount importance of the city of Jerusalem, not only to the parties to the conflict, but also to the followers of the three religions, underlining that the city should remain a land as a symbol of coexistence and tolerance among all people.

Jordan on Tuesday warned of serious consequence if the United States goes ahead with its decision to relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ayman Safadi discussed Tuesday with several ministers on the possible decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which Jordan said is a violation of international legitimacy laws and the UN charter.

In phone calls with several ministers of Arab and Islamic states, Safadi discussed measures to deal with the serious consequences and looked into efforts to develop an action plan to deal with the decision, which will increase tensions in the Middle East and undermine peacemaking efforts.

Safadi stressed that the situation of Jerusalem should be determined through final status negotiations as stipulated by all international resolutions that also state that all unilateral Israeli measures are invalid.

The minister added that Jerusalem is a Palestinian and an Arabic, Islamic and Christian issue, and called for holding emergency meetings at the Arab League and the Organization of the Islamic Conference to coordinate stances by the Arab and Islamic world.

Also on Tuesday, Jordanian House of Representatives said it will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to look into the issue after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would go ahead with a plan to relocate the embassy.

The U.S. president telephoned King Abdullah II of Jordan Tuesday and informed him of his intention to go ahead with the decision.

Jordan, which signed a peace deal with Israel in 1994, oversees the holy Islamic and Christian sites in the holy city.

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