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Eight Nations Seek Security Council’s Meeting on Jerusalem

The US President, Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has raised concerns among the international community. Many countries have objected to this controversial attempt that can further jeopardize the peace process in the Middle East. Recently, eight more nations have resented by calling for the Security Council’s meeting on Jerusalem. France, United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy, Egypt, Senegal, Bolivia and Uruguay are the countries who called for an emergency meeting at United Nations headquarters on Friday.

Security Council’s Meeting

Security Council’s members have criticized the Donald Trump’s move as a threat to peace in the region. Sharing his concerns on the issue Nickolay Mladenov, the UN’s coordinator for the Middle East peace process says that Israel is the most challenging subject in this matter. He also fears a violence escalation to the conflict that the US President’s statement can cause.

UN Secretary-General Antonio- Guterres also condemns any unilateral measure, by favoring a two-state solution of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Security Council

Muslim World’s Reaction

Leaders of the world countries fear that the US president’s announcement can sabotage the peace process in the Middle East. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also condemned this move by stating its reservations. Saudi Royal Court says that the US decision is a violation of Palestinian community’s rights.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Donald Trump by saying that leaders work to make peace and not to create more struggles. Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has pointed towards the severe complications that can arise as a result of US president’s move.  Iran has also slammed he President Trump’s announcement by calling it a violation of international laws. A strong response from Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has termed the move as a death sentence for the peace seekers.

Reaction from International Community

An issue of Jerusalem has not caused only Muslim World to state its concerns. Even western countries have condemned the announcement as a threat to peace. EU (European Union) says that only meaningful negotiations between the conflicting parties can resolve the status of Jerusalem as a future capital.

German Chancellor, Angela Markel also shows her support for negotiation of Jerusalem status in the form of a two-state solution.

By reacting to the US President’s statement Theresa May has responded that British doesn’t have any plans to move its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. She further adds that British recognizes the East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian territories, which is in line with Security Council’s resolutions.

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