US Relocates Embassy to Jerusalem amid Condemnation of Violence

تم نشره في Mon 14 May / May 2018. 12:00 AM - آخر تعديل في Mon 14 May / May 2018. 09:22 PM
  • US official statement at Embassy inauguration ceremony - (Agencies)

CAPITALS —AlGhad— An official US delegation, representing the White House, inaugurated the American Embassy building in Jerusalem today Monday, which was officially relocated from Tel Aviv, in a controversial move, announced by President Donald Trump back in December, 2017, despite universal condemnation and opposition.

Jordan’s State Minister for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani described it as an outright violation of the UN charter, as well as international laws and resolutions. Particularly Security Council resolution 478.

At the embassy’s inauguration ceremony, Trump confirmed in his video remarks that Washington remains committed to peace between in Palestine.

However, Jordanian and Palestinian officials have altogether rejected the US decision and declarations, and have repeatedly stressed that they threaten the premise of peace.

The secretary-general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres expressed his concern over the outburst of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hani Mulqi strongly expressed condemnation of the Israeli escalation and violations against Palestinians in Gaza.

More than 50 were murdered, including six children and 44 women, not to mention 11 journalists and one paramedic, the Palestinian health ministry confirmed.

Palestinians in the besieged enclave marched by the thousands in a protest earlier today, Monday, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (1948). The protestors openly denounced the relocation of the embassy.

Mr Mulqi said the Jordanian government considers the US decision to relocate the embassy and the recognition of the occupied city as the capital of Israel “null and void.”

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry also denounced the occupation forces' bloody repression of a peaceful march in the Gaza Strip and protests in the West Bank.

The US is only one of a few countries worldwide who announced the relocation of their embassies to the occupied city, following Trump’s lead.

"Jordan will continue its efforts with the international community to arrive at a solution to the conflict and fulfil the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people," Momani stressed.

"East Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinian state and as His Majesty King Abdullah II, the custodian of the Islamic and Christian holy sites affirmed, it is the key to peace.”

Jordan will continue to work with the Palestinian Authority, Arab brethren and the international community to protect Jerusalem and its holy sites, and deal with the repercussions of the US decision on Jerusalem.