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Lawmakers urge UN to cancel US decision on Jerusalem

Lawmakers urge UN to cancel US decision on Jerusalem

Dec 09, 2017 - 21:00

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan parliament on Saturday asked the United Nations to take immediate action at canceling the US decision on Jerusalem and Islamic countries to suspend their business ties with America.

US President Donald Trump three days ago announced he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, triggering an almost universal diplomatic backlash.

Trump also ordered the shifting of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has rejected the US decision as unacceptable, saying Jerusalem would remain the capital of Palestine.

The Afghan parliament’s lower house or Wolesi Jirga on Saturday reacted to the Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.

Shekiba Hashemi, a lawmaker from southern Kandahar province said: “Trump has rung the bell for a world war three, this action of the US president would produce bitter consequences, he must rethink his decision because it would lead to conflicts in the world.”

Ghulam Faroq Majroh, a lawmaker from western Herat province said: “By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the US proved it is responsible for all crimes committed in Palestine, this action of the US president is against human values and international laws.”

A number of other lawmakers expressed similar views while some asked the government to cancel its strategic agreement and cut relations with the US in response to Trump’s Jerusalem move.

Mujib Rahman Samkani, a lawmaker from southeastern Paktia province, condemned Trump’s decision and said: “If we Afghans cannot do any other things, we should at least cancel our strategic accord with the US and stop diplomatic relations with it.”

Mualvi Tarakhel, a Kuchi tribe representative in the lower house, also said the government should cut all types of relations with the US.

Abdul Sattar Khawasi, a lawmaker from Parwan province, said Trump’s decision was an insult to whole of Muslims and voiced on all Islamic countries to cut their relations with the US.

The lower house in a statement condemned the US move and asked the UN Secretary General to hold an emergency meeting and take action for cancelling the US decision.

The statement asked the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and all Islamic countries to have a united stance about the Jerusalem issue and cut their diplomatic and commerce relations with the US until the decision was cancelled.

“The brutal stance of Trump endangered security and stability in the world, we ask all countries to reject the decision,” the source said.

“It was an alarm to Muslims around the world and Afghans in particular, who should keep their unity and stand united against a common threat,” the statement added.

Thousands of Afghans on Friday staged protest rallies in various Afghanistan cities to express their anger at the United States announcement of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Afghan government and a number of political parties also condemned the US decision and demanded for restoring Palestinians rights of independent state.