Egypt and Morocco have moved swiftly to censure a controversial decision by the United States recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, warning that the move will offend cultural and religious sensibilities and provoke unnecessary tensions in the Middle East.A Foreign ministry statement released in Cairo on Wednesday said the adoption of such unilateral resolutions is contrary to international legitimacy and will not change the legal status of Jerusalem as being under occupation and the inadmissibility of any actions that would change the status quo in the city. Moroccan King Mohammed VI, in his capacity of Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of the International Islamic Conference, on Wednesday dispatched a letter to UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressing deep concern over US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and its decision to transfer the American embassy there. “We sent you last July, in our capacity as Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a message about Israel’s actions in the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Al-Quds, in an attempt to denounce the violation of the resolutions of the international legality related thereto “, part of his statement said. He warned that any violation of the recognized legal and historical status of the holy city, important to Jews, Muslims and Christians is likely to exacerbate religious and sectarian conflicts, while undermining international efforts to create conditions conducive to the resumption of peace talks and jeopardize the chances for peace.
Source: The North Africa Journal December 06, 2017 21:11 UTC