Mamnoon slams US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli Capital

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday strongly condemned the decision of the United States to recognize the occupied city of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its embassy there.

While addressing at a ceremony regarding National Voters’ Day at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the president expressed confidence that Muslim Ummah would take serious notice of the situation.

The president welcomed the announcement by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convene an Extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss the serious issue and hoped that the meeting would take a firm stance.

The US President Donald Trump while delivering a speech at the White House on Wednesday reversed decades of US policy and recognized occupied Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel.

Trump also said the United States would also begin a process of moving its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which is expected to take years.

His decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem triggered worldwide condemnation, cautioning that it could badly affect the peace efforts in the Middle East.

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