Britain, Indonesia, Russia, Australia join wave of countries against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

Countries across the world continue to slam US President Donald Trump’s declaration about Jerusalem. On Thursday, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the move is “not helpful” and that “the world would like to see some serious announcement by the US about how they see the Middle East peace process.”
Trump holding the waiver he signed last night delaying the embassy move Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described on Thursday US President Donald Trump’s declaration about Jerusalem as “not helpful.” He added that “the world would like to see some serious announcement by the US about how they see the Middle East peace process and how to bring the two sides together.”

“If we are going to have a move of the US embassy, then let’s also see some moves towards the long overdue resolution of the Middle East peace process,” he added. Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini stressed this morning that Jerusalem “needs to be the capital of the two states- Israel and Palestine.”

“The European Union has a clear and united policy: we believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is based on two states and Jerusalem as the capital of both,” she said today at a press conference.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo also condemned the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying that it violates UN and UN Security Council resolutions. “This decision could harm global peace,” he said. “Our representatives will speak with other Muslim countries about the matter and we are calling on the UN to discuss this unilateral move.”

Australia has also joined the wave of countries speaking out against Trump’s decision. On Thursday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that her country is committed to a two-state solution in which both nations live peacefully side by side within internationally recognized borders. She clarified that Australia will not move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed concerns and stated that the new US position “will likely worsen the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Moscow also called on Israel and the Palestinians to “demonstrate restraint at the moment in order to prevent dangerous and uncontrollable consequences.”



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