Morocco Expresses Deep Concern, Strong Condemnation of U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

PRESS RELEASE – THE Kingdom of Morocco has expressed its deep concern and strong condemnation of the decision of the United Sates of America to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer its embassy to it, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in a statement last week Tuesday.

The Kingdom of Morocco, which is headed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Qods Committee, which is affiliated with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, expressed its deep concern and strong condemnation of the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and transfer its embassy to this Holy City.

In this regard, the Kingdom of Morocco underlines that such a decision is contrary to resolutions of international law, namely the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions No. 2253 and 2254 of 1967, as well as the agreements and understandings between Palestinian and Israeli sides.

This action would change the political status of the Holy City and would be an inexplicable anticipation of the outcome of negotiations, as Jerusalem is at the heart of final status issues within the framework of the two-state solution.

This decision may have a negative effect on the intensive efforts that the U.S. administration has been making to revive the political process and may destroy all remaining prospects of peace in the region.

Israel may take this step as an excuse to carry on Judaization of the Holy City and to change its religious and spiritual aspects.

This step, given its exceptional gravity, could undermine the security and stability of an already tense region and fuel anger, frustration, hostility, violence and extremism.

The Kingdom of Morocco stresses the need to preserve the historical, legal and political status of Jerusalem and calls on the United Nations, particularly the permanent members of the Security Council, to shoulder their responsibilities in order to avoid anything that might affect this status and hinder international efforts to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Kingdom of Morocco reaffirms its unconditional solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people in defending its legitimate rights and calls for dealing with the issue of Jerusalem with wisdom, given the city’s symbolism and its importance for the followers of the three revealed religions.

In accordance with the high instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Kingdom of Morocco, in coordination with the Palestinian side and other Arab and Islamic parties, will intensify its efforts to deal with the dangerous development.

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