Press TV – Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki says he will seek the United Nations Security Council’s resolution over US President Donald Trump’s recent provocative decision on recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital.”
“The United States’ decision is illegal and illegitimate. It shows how biased and hostile it is and that it has positioned itself as a party to the conflict rather than as a mediator,” the Palestinian top diplomat told a news conference held ahead of the Arab foreign ministers’ meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Trump announced his contentious decision and ordered that work on the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds begin.
The provocative declaration sent shockwaves throughout the Muslim world, and even prompted stern warnings from Washington’s allies in the West that it would bring more chaos to the already tense region.
Maliki further said Washington had decided to isolate itself from the international community and had moved to be part of the rogue minority side by side with the occupation entity of Israel.
“We came today to attend the emergency meeting of Arab foreign ministers at the joint request of Jordan and Palestine to discuss this issue and will issue a set of resolutions on this matter after the meeting of the Arab League,” he added.
Tel Aviv lays claim to the entire city as its “capital,” while Palestinians want its eastern part as the capital of their future state.
In reaction to the announcement, Palestinians have staged rallies across the West Bank, Jerusalem al-Quds and Gaza during the past few days.
Several people have already lost their lives as Israel security forces attacked Palestinians’ protesting gatherings. At least 20 Palestinians sustained injuries during heavy clashes between Israeli forces and protesters rallying in the occupied West Bank on Saturday.