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Pakistan urges US to rethink decision on Jerusalem as capital

Pakistan urges US to rethink decision on Jerusalem as capital


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ISLAMABAD
Pakistan urges the United Sates to revisit its decision of recognizing the occupied city of Al Quds Al Sharif/Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond, foreign office said here Thursday.
Pakistan joins the international community in expressing its strong opposition and condemnation of the decision of the US administration to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there. Pakistan said it is deeply regrettable that pleas from States across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Jerusalem have been ignored, more out of choice than necessity.
This decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, particularly UNSCR 478. The foreign office said the decision is a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms.
It signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well.
Pakistan said it shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East. Pakistan called upon the UN Security Council to take cognizance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter. The Government of Pakistan welcomed the announcement by Turkey to convene an Extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss this serious issue.

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