Wisma Putra concerned over US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 7 Dec 2017

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has voiced concerns on United States president Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling on the US to reconsider its decision to do so.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital would put an end to all efforts made towards the resolution of the Palestinian crisis.

"It would have grave repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult," it said.

The ministry warned that any attempts to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, establishing or transferring any diplomatic mission to the city, are considered aggression towards the Arab and Islamic world, and an infringement on the rights of Muslims and Christians.

"It is also an infringement on the Palestinian people's national rights, including their right to self-determination, and a grave breach of international law along with the Security Council's relevant resolutions," it said.

The ministry requested United Nations member states not to recognise any changes in the pre-1976 borders, including in connection with Jerusalem.

"Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is not a recognition of the reality on the ground; it is an expression of support for Israeli policies, much of which is in contravention of the international law," it said.

On Wednesday (Dec 6), Trump upended seven decades of US policy in defiance of protests from around the world by acknowledging that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.