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04:43, 21 February 2018 Wednesday
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Qatar FM urges Arab Islam mechanism for Jerusalem issue
Qatar FM urges Arab Islam mechanism for Jerusalem issue

Al-Thani hopes Arab and Muslim world takes concrete steps rather condemning the US President Trump's Jerusalem decision

World Bulletin / News Desk

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani urged on Thursday the establishment of an Arab Islamic mechanism to fight against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Speaking to Doha-based Al Jazeera news channel, al-Thani said that collective steps should be taken to discourage the U.S. from its decision on Jerusalem.

He called for forming an Arab Islamic mechanism to combat this decision.

The top diplomat of the Gulf state also voiced hopes that the Arab countries and the Islamic world would turn into taking concrete steps from condemning the U.S. stance.

He underlined that the decision would directly affect the Palestinian cause and the future of the region.

Al Thani emphasized that the cause of Jerusalem is not only an issue of the Palestinian people but also of the whole Islamic nation.

This is an issue that is concerned with the governments and leaders as well as the people, according to Qatar’s FM.

Despite widespread international opposition,Trump on Wednesday announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

According to Trump, the U.S. State Department has been told to begin preparations for relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq and other Muslim countries.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.



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