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Arab League urges Australia, Brazil to shift stance on Jerusalem

Arab League urges Australia, Brazil to shift stance on Jerusalem

CAIRO: The Arab League on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on Australia and Brazil to “abide by international law” concerning the status of Jerusalem.

It comes after Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced in November his intention to move his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

And on Saturday Australia announced its recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, although a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

The Arab League decided on Tuesday to dispatch a “high-ranking delegation” to Brazil and Australia to inform officials there on the need to “abide by international law” concerning Jerusalem.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting at the League’s Cairo headquarters attended by delegates from member countries.

Israel seized east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, declaring the entire city its “eternal and indivisible capital”, in a move not recognised by most of the international community. Palestinians claim the eastern part as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Published in Dawn, December 19th, 2018

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