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Pakistan expresses ‘grave concern’ over US plan to shift embassy to Jerusalem

The Government of Pakistan expressed grave concern over United States President Donald Trump’s plan to shift US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“Such a step would constitute a clear violation of international law and UN Security Council resolutions particularly UNSCR 478 of 1980. It would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East,” the government stated in a press release.
“The people and Government of Pakistan are unequivocally opposed to the reported plan of shifting the US Embassy to Al-Quds Al-Sharif. Pakistan fully endorses the recently adopted Final Communique of the OIC on this issue.”
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Pakistan called upon the United States to refrain from any move that alters the legal and historical status as well as character of Al-Quds Al-Sharif, fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions including UNSCR 478.
While reaffirming full solidarity with the Palestinian people, Islamabad renewed 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.