ISLAMABAD: The Government of Pakistan on Wednesday expressed grave concern over United States President Donald Trump’s decission to shift US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister Office stated that shifting the US embassy to the “occupied City of Al-Quds Al-Sharif will alter the legal and historical status of the city”.
The Foreign Office called upon the United States to ‘refrain from any move that alters the legal and historical status as well as the character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions including UNSCR 478.’
Pakistan’s response to reported US move to shift its Embassy to Occupied city of Al-Quds Al-Sharif pic.twitter.com/QDFWgm3QXK
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) December 6, 2017
“The step would constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions particularly UNSCR 478 of 1980 and it would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” the press release says.
US President Donald Trump told Arab leaders on Tuesday that he intends to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that breaks with decades of US policy and risks fuelling further unrest in the Middle East.
“The people and Government of Pakistan are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif. Pakistan fully endorses the recently adopted Final Communique of the OIC on this issue.”
By moving the embassy US will practically alter the status of Jerusalem..An affront to Palestisns and the Muslim world.. practically burying the two states solutions..Will add another wound to already bleeding body of Muslim Ummah
— Khawaja M. Asif (@KhawajaMAsif) December 6, 2017
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif also took to twitter to condemn the reported US move.