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US urged to revisit decision on Jerusalem

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the decision of the US President to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel.

In a statement, Spokesperson Foreign Office Dr Mohammad Faisal said it is deeply regrettable that pleas from States across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif have been ignored.

He said the decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, particularly UNSCR 478.

He said it is a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well.

Dr Faisal said Pakistan shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East.

He called upon the UN Security Council to take cognizance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter.

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

He said Pakistan welcomes the announcement by Turkey to convene an Extraordinary Islamic Summit next week to discuss this serious issue.

Earlier condemning the decision of the US President to recognize occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan would take up the issue at all available fora.

He expressed the confidence that the OIC meeting would adopt a tough stand on the issue.

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