Asks US to fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions & recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution
Says a sovereign homeland for Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital remains only roadmap for Muslim Ummah & OIC
ISTANBUL, Dec 13 (SABAH): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has urged the United States to rescind its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel.
Addressing the Extraordinary OIC Summit on Al-Quds Al-Sharif in Istanbul on Wednesday, he asked the United States to fully comply with all applicable United Nations Security Council resolutions and recommit unequivocally to the two-state solution.
He said the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel and to relocate its Embassy to the Holy City, constitutes a clear violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478.
He said it is a blatant attempt to set in motion, steps to change the historic and lawful status of the Holy City.
The Prime Minister on the behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan reiterated strong condemnation of the US decision. He said both the Senate and National Assembly of Pakistan have unanimously echoed these sentiment and we all stand firmly behind the Palestinian people and their just struggle.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that together with the OIC and the Islamic world, Pakistan has always demonstrated its solidarity with the Palestinian people and their legitimate aspirations for a promised homeland.
The Prime Minister expresses its sincere gratitude to President Erdogan and Turkey for convening this Extraordinary Summit on the Al-Quds Al-Sharif.
He said that Pakistan renews its call for establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
He said the world is witness to a similar pattern of tragedy, both in scope and scale. For 70 years, the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been subjected to illegal Indian occupation and blatant violation of their fundamental rights including their right to self-determination. Here too, the UN Security Council resolutions continue to be defied and the just struggle for freedom conveniently branded as terrorism.
The Prime Minister said that our response should be a clear expression and renewal of our solidarity and unity. We must also urgently overcome our political differences. We need a concerted programme and common collaborative action, building on our strengths. That will be the only guarantee to resist external pressure and reverse the losses and take our destinies in our own hands.
The Prime Minister said under the current scenario we should consider a number of options. Diplomatically, if the UN Security Council is unable to respond, we should garner support in the UN General Assembly. Secondly, follow up on OIC decisions for economic actions to change the behavior of the occupying forces. Thirdly, seek International Court Justice’s advisory opinion on the current move.
The Prime Minister said that this Summit must unanimously reject the revisionist decision of the United States and Muslims all over the world must stand together to uphold justice, liberty and freedom. He said we must stand firmly behind all those in the international community that are trying to awaken global conscience.
The Prime Minister said that a sovereign homeland for the Palestinian people with Al-Quds Al Sharif as its capital remains the only roadmap for Muslim Ummah and OIC.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the international community has the opportunity to uphold the principles of justice and the rule of law. He called upon the United Nations Security Council to play its role as envisaged under the UN Charter. He said its credibility will be questioned if it does not live up to its primary role in maintaining international peace and security.