Muslim Countries Express Opposition to Moving Any Foreign Embassies to Jerusalem

Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah Al-Sabah (R) and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attend a meeting by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah on December 22, 2016, to discuss the situation in Syria. / AFP / STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

(AP) – KUALA LUMPUR – Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by US President-elect Donald Trump to move the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A statement issued after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur didn’t mention the United States or Trump by name, but said the OIC rejected any actions that could undermine the ability of Palestinians to claim part of Jerusalem in a future state.

It called on governments to desist from any activities that might encourage Israel to “pursue its illegal occupation and annexation of ….east Jerusalem, including any such encouragement through the transfer of their diplomatic missions to the city.”

The statement invited its 57 member states “to take the necessary steps and measures” in response to any such hostile position, but didn’t elaborate.

Trump has vowed to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, a politically charged act that would anger Palestinians who want east Jerusalem, home to key Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, as the capital of a future state.

The move would also distance the US from much of the international community, including its closest allies in Western Europe and the Arab world.


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