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Afghan govt, Taliban slam US decision on Jerusalem

Afghan govt, Taliban slam US decision on Jerusalem

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Dec 07, 2017 - 14:31

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government, a number of political parties and the Talibaninfo-icon on Thursday condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump on Wednesday ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of the disputed city, prompting an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East.

The US presidential also kicked off the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, the decision drew worldinfo-icon’s negative reaction and Mahmoud Abbas, president of Palestine, said that Jerusalem was the permanent capital of Palestine.

The Afghan government also reacted on the issue. “The Islamic Republic of Afghanistaninfo-icon understands the deep concern of the country’s Muslims and the Muslim world, the government expresses its deep concern over recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US and shifting of the US embassy to Jerusalem,” the Presidential Palace said.

The statement the US decision hurt emotions of Muslims around the world and endangered the peace process in the Middle East.

The Presidential Palace warned any unilateral move on the disputed city without participation of Palestine and a separate state solution would not yield a positive outcome.

According to the statement, the national unity government and the Afghans stood together with other Muslims around the globe in seeking to ensure the right of Palestine to having a sovereign state.

Al-Aqsa Mosque as the first kiblah of Muslims holds significance for other religions as well and its location should be established based on international laws, UN resolutions and the demand of millions of Muslims.

“Fortunately, there is global consensus that there can be no unilateral decision on Jerusalem,” the statement said, adding the Afghan government continued to support the peace process in Palestine.

Chief Executive Chief (CEO) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told a press conference here: “I and the president shared our concern through diplomatic channels and declared our clear stance after knowing about the US decision, we cannot agree with such decisions.”

“The issue of Jerusalem relates to world peace, an international decision, particularly the decision of the UN is in place,” he said.

Former president Hamid Karzai also condemned the US decision on Jerusalem and called it against UN conventions.

“It would definitely provoke emotions of the Muslim world, it would not help the Middle East peace process and instead create further security problems in the region,” he said in a statement.

Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf, head of Hezb-i-Dawat Islami, told a press conference in Kabul: “The latest decision of the US is a major and irreparable mistake, the US should not make such a decision.”

The veteran former jihadiinfo-icon leader said even the people of US were unsatisfied with Trump decision and the US government should rethink about it.

“The US government can cancel the decision and take a new stance considering the unwanted consequences of the decision,” he said.

Najibullah Kabuli, head of Hezb-i-Musharikat Milli, also condemned the US president’s decision and asked the people and the government of the US to rethink over the decision.

Taliban militants under leadership of Mullahinfo-icon Haibatullah and a splinter group led by Mullah Rassoul also denounced the US decision in separate statements.

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