Jerusalem status: US decision a serious violation of international law, says Pak PM Abbasi

A US flag screened alongside Israel's national flag by the Jerusalem municipality on the walls of the old city on December 6 Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Dec 07, 2017, 08.27 AM (IST)

Pakistan today joined the international chorus against US decision to name Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump in a speech in the White House said today that it is "time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", adding that "new approach" was needed to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said he deeply regretted that pleas from states across the globe not to alter the "legal and historical status" of Al Quds Al Sharif have been ignored.

"This decision represents a serious violation of international law and applicable UN Security Council resolutions, particularly the UNSCR 478," Pakistan PM said in a statement.

"It is a serious setback to the rule of law and international norms. It signals a severe blow to the Middle East peace process as well," the statement added.

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital created a firestorm in the Middle East, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Trump's decision was "deplorable and unacceptable".

On the other hand,  Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a "courageous and just decision."

On Tuesday, Trump in a meeting with cabinet ministers at the White House had said the decision was "long overdue". 

America's NATO allies Britain and France called Trump's decision "unhelpful" and "regrettable".

Germany said it "does not support" Trump's decision.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Trump's decision puts the region in a "ring of fire".