Embassy plan depends on final status of Jerusalem


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 08 Mar 2018

At the dewan rakyat
Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and LOSHANA K. SHAGAR 

ANY decision to set up a Malaysian embassy in Palestine can only be determined once the final status of Jerusalem is determined under the two-state solution plan, says Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican.

The Deputy Foreign Minister said if Malaysia decides to take similar action like the United States and set up its embassy in Jerusalem, it would be akin to giving a signal to legitimise the action made by the United States, which had received international backlash.

“As a country that holds firmly to international principles and the United Nations’ Charter, we must continue to respect the UN resolution on the status of Jerusalem,” he told Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar (PKR-Tumpat) during Question Time.

Kamaruddin had asked Wisma Putra whether the Government has any intention to set up its embassy in Jerusalem to prove its commitment towards the Palestinian struggle.

In December last year, the UN General Assembly decisively backed a resolution calling the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The non-binding resolution was approved by 128 states with 35 abstaining and nine others voting against.

Reezal said Malaysia was among the countries to vote for the resolution, in line with its strong commitment to see the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

“The resolution, among others, insisted that any decisions regarding the status of Jerusalem are null and void, and must ­­be ­rescinded.

“All parties must respect the UN resolution, including not to set up their embassies in Jerusalem.

“But it is the hope of all Malaysians to see the establishment of our embassy in Jerusalem and that has been one of our final aims,” said Reezal.

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