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Emir warns of serious repercussions

Emir warns  of serious repercussions

QNA/Agencies
Washington/Doha
US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has sparked global outrage, with Qatar calling the move as a death sentence for all who seek peace.
In a telephonic conversation with Trump, the Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani warned of serious implications from the decision, which would further complicate the situation in the Middle East and negatively affect the security and stability in the region.
The Emir and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed Trump's Jerusalem decision, and its serious consequences for security and stability in the region, in a telephonic conversation.
The Turkish president informed the Emir that he would call for an emergency summit in Istanbul for member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in this regard. The Emir welcomed the holding of the summit.
In another telephone call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Emir reiterated Qatar's firm position on the Palestinian issue based on international legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative, which is based on the two-state solution that ensures the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
The Palestinian president thanked the Emir for his constant support for the Palestinian issue and the Palestinian people as well as for Qatar's efforts and firm stances towards the just Palestinian cause.
In another telephonic call with HM King Abdullah II Ibn al Hussein of Jordan, the Emir stressed the seriousness of this decision, which will further complicate the situation in the region and adversely affect its security and stability.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani said the decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was a death sentence for all who seek peace, Al Jazeera television reported.
Sheikh Mohammed called the move"a dangerous escalation".
Trump's declaration met with fierce condemnation.
Calling Jerusalem as the"eternal capital of the State of Palestine", the Palestinian president said,"The US can no longer play the role of peace broker after Trump's decision. These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts."
Jordan said the decision was "legally null".
"All unilateral moves that sought to create new facts on the ground as null and void," a Jordanian government spokesman said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticised the decision, warning that the city's status must be resolved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Slamming the decision, Turkey called on Washington to reconsider it."We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration," statement said.

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