Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Morocco's King Warns against US Embassy Moving to Jerusalem

Morocco's King Mohammed VI has expressed his strong opposition to the Trump administration plan to move its embassy to Al-Quds (Jerusalem). In a letter to Mahmoud Abbas, HM the King stressed the need to preserve the status of the holy city

President Mahmoud Abbas and King Mohammed VI

In the letter addressed to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the sovereign warned of the serious consequences of such an initiative for the efforts to resolve the Palestinian question and also on "peace and security", not only in the Middle East, but also on the rest of the world.

The monarch, who presides over the Al-Quds Committee, reiterated his commitment "to defend the holy city" and "its inhabitants" and "to protect their legitimate rights guaranteed by the International resolutions and the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention ".

The King said he followed with particular interest the developments of the American project and that he makes a "regular evaluation of all the indicators and the probabilities". At the same time, Mohammed VI affirmed his readiness to "coordinate" with Mahmoud Abbas and the "other Arab and Islamic leaders" as well as those "friendly countries that support Palestinian law" in order to "defend with all possible legal means, political and diplomatic, the legal status of Al-Quds-East in accordance with the international resolutions.

On 23 December, the Security Council voted in favour of a text condemning Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The resolution was made possible thanks to the Obama administration's abstention. However, the appointment of Donald Trump has completely changed the situation. Encouraged by plans to move the US Embassy to Washington, Israel announced last week the construction of 566 homes in three Arab neighbourhoods in Al-Quds East.


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