Pakistan urges United States to refrain from shifting embassy to Jerusalem

Pakistan urges United States to refrain from shifting embassy to Jerusalem

Pakistan urges United States to refrain from shifting embassy to Jerusalem

Moroccan King Mohammed VI, in his capacity of Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of the International Islamic Conference, on Wednesday dispatched a letter to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressing deep concern over USA recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to transfer the American embassy there.

According to Trump, the U.S. State Department has already begun preparations for the relocation of Washington's Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is a serious setback to the rule of law and global norms.

Pakistan urged the United Sates to revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond.

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Statement further urged the USA administration to "retract" from its "provocative decision" and "show due respect to the multicultural identity and historical status of Al-Quds".

The government of Pakistan welcomes the announcement by Turkey to convene an extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss this issue.

"By moving the embassy, [the] USA will practically alter the status of Jerusalem".

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With this step, Trump has fulfilled one of its campaign promises and reversed decades-long United States policy on this matter.

It said the people and the government of Pakistan "are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif".

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians claiming East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel since 1967 - as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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Jerusalem is considered a sacred place, which is home to Jewish, Christian and Muslim holy sites.

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