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Donald Trump’s Jerusalem move: Pakistan says violation of international law; Qatar warns of ‘serious repercussions’

Pakistan on Thursday condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, describing the move as a severe blow to the Middle East peace process.

In a highly controversial decision, Trump also decided to shift the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“Pakistan joins the international community in expressing its strong opposition and condemnation at the decision of the US Administration to recognize the occupied city of Al Quds Al Sharif (Jerusalem) as the so-called capital of Israel and the plan to relocate its Embassy there,” the Foreign Office said.

Pakistan said that it was deeply regrettable that pleas from countries across the globe not to alter the legal and historical status of Jerusalem have been ignored, “more out of choice than necessity”.

It said the decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, particularly UNSCR 478.

Pakistan said it was a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms and signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well.

Pakistan shares the international outrage and is deeply concerned over the implications of this decision for international peace and security, especially in the Middle East and calls upon the UN Security Council to take cognizance of this situation and take steps in accordance with the UN Charter.

The FO also urged the United Sates to revisit its decision as soon as possible in order to avoid the potentially grave repercussions in the region and beyond.

Qatar’s emir has also warned Trump that his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would have “serious repercussions”, according to a statement from Doha’s foreign ministry on Thursday.

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani “warned of the serious repercussions of this step, which would further complicate the situation in the Middle East and negatively affect the security and stability in the region,” read a statement from the ministry, quoting the emir in a phone call with Trump.

An estimated 20,500 Palestinians live in Qatar, which has a population of around 2.7 million.

The gas-rich emirate, which is estimated to be the richest country in the world per capita, in October announced it would fund a new headquarters for the Palestinian Authority in Gaza to support a reconciliation deal between rivals Hamas and Fatah.

Qatar has long been considered a supporter of Hamas and has funded much of the reconstruction of Gaza after the last war with Israel in 2014.It is also home to the former leadership of Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organisation by the United States.

In June, Saudi Arabia and its allies cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, accusing the emirate of supporting Islamist extremists. Qatar denies the allegation.

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