08:31 GMT22 September 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Saturday called on its member states to take action against the countries that chose to relocate their embassies or trade missions to Jerusalem.

    "[The OIC conference] calls on states that have relocated their embassies or opened trade missions in the Holy City, to relinquish this move … [and] called on its member states to take necessary measures to counter the states who chose to do this [relocate embassies to Jerusalem]", the final statement of a forum in Mecca read, as quoted by Al-Arabiya.

    The OIC said it considered the decision by some countries to relocate their embassies to Jerusalem to be a grave violation of international law, and undermining the Middle East peace process.

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    Moreover, this decision "responds to interests of radicalism and terrorism; and threatens security and global peace", the statement read.

    In December 2017, the United States recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and in May 2018 relocated its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv, prompting the outrage of the Muslim world. Australia, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras have also recognised Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The United Nations, meanwhile, has urged its member states to refrain from moving diplomatic missions to the city until its legal status is settled.

    Both Israelis and Palestinians see Jerusalem as their capital, and the status of the holy city has long been regarded as a matter that must be resolved through a Palestinian-Israeli peace process.


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