PM says US took dangerous step due to weaknesses of Muslim Ummah

13 Dec, 2017 9:44 pm

ISTANBUL (92 News) – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the United States to immediately rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel.

Addressing the Extraordinary OIC Summit on Al-Quds Al-Sharif on Wednesday, he asked the United States to fully comply with all applicable United Nations Security Council resolutions and recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution.

“It is a blatant attempt to set in motion, steps to change the historic and lawful status of the Holy City.”

The prime minister on the behalf of the people and government of Pakistan reiterated strong condemnation of the US decision. “The US took the dangerous step due to weaknesses of the Muslim Ummah. The unity of the Muslims is the requirement of unusual time. Pakistan wants establishment of an independent state of Palestine.”

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that together with the OIC and the Islamic world, Pakistan has always demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their legitimate aspirations for a promised homeland.

The prime minister said that the world is witness to a similar pattern of tragedy, both in scope and scale. “For 70 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been subjected to illegal Indian occupation and blatant violation of their fundamental rights including their right to self-determination,” he said.

He said: “Under the current scenario, we should consider a number of options. Diplomatically, if the UN Security Council is unable to respond, we should garner support in the UN General Assembly.”

The prime minister said that the summit must unanimously reject the revisionist decision of the United States and Muslims all over the world must stand together to uphold justice, liberty and freedom.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a meeting with King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan on the sidelines of the Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

Both leaders expressed deep concern on the implications of the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its Embassy to Jerusalem.

They underscored that this decision was contrary to the resolutions of the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly and undermined international legitimacy. Also, this decision was rejected by more than 1.5 billion Muslims.

The two leaders also discussed the importance of enhancing bilateral relations. The prime minister invited King Abdullah II to visit Pakistan. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua,  Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Syrus Sajjad Qazi attended the meeting.

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