RT / Arab League nations should pressure the US to reverse its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Lebanon’s foreign minister told a gathering in Cairo, which condemned the move as “dangerous and unacceptable.” Trends US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s ?apital “Pre-emptive measures (must be) taken against the decision, beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, then economic and (then) financial sanctions,” Gebran Bassil said Saturday at a meeting of Arab League foreign ministers in Egypt’s capital, as cited by Reuters.

The Arab League’s foreign ministers convened an emergency meeting in Cairo, following a Palestinian and Jordanian request to forge a united response to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and the US’ plans to relocate its embassy to the Holy City.

Read more City of discord: How Trump’s decision on Jerusalem throws 70yrs of caution to the wind Discussing ways to deal with the new American policy, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on the international community to recognize the State of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital, AP reported.

“The decision amounts to the legalization of occupation,” said Aboul-Gheit, while al-Maliki urged the League to submit a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council condemning the US decision. Wednesday’s move by President Donald Trump sparked massive protests across the Arab world and elsewhere.

Trump’s declaration was “against international law and raises questions over American efforts to support peace” in the region, Aboul-Gheit said, according to Al Jazeera. The US policy “undermines Arab confidence” in Trump and “amounts to the legalization” of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, he added.

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, has called on the US administration to reverse its decision on Jerusalem, insisting that “the Arab initiative presented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and approved by the Beirut summit in 2002 is a roadmap for solving all crises,” Al Arabiya reported .

The Saudis also called on the international community “to intensify its efforts to reach a just and comprehensive solution” to the conflict.

#Arab_peace_initiative committee in closed deliberations preparing 2 emergency session 2night #Arab_League_Council of Foreign Ministers pic.twitter.com/m8QPcNU6e6

— League ofArab States (@arableague_gs) December 9, 2017 The Arab Peace Initiative, endorsed by the Arab League,  envisages  the normalization of relations between Arab nations and Israel, if, amongst other conditions, Tel Aviv withdraws from the occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, and implements  “a just solution to the Palestinian Refugee problem.”  The strategy further calls for an acceptance of the establishment of a Palestinian State along the 1967 borders,  “with East Jerusalem as its capital.”


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