Arab ministers affirm Jerusalem as future Palestinian capital

Statement comes after Trump’s unilateral declaration of Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Palestinians chant slogans and wave national flags while carrying signs reading in Arabic ‘we fight united for the right of return, self-determination, and an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital’, during a demonstration against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem, ahead of International Women’s Day at Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank between Jerusalem and Ramallah.


Cairo: Arab foreign ministers are insisting that Jerusalem must be the capital of a future Palestinian state, even as the US prepares to move its embassy there in a step that has angered the Arab world.

A ministerial meeting held Wednesday in the Egyptian capital Cairo brought together foreign ministers from the Arab League member-states.

It comes amid a wave of anger at US President Donald Trump’s decision in December, which sparked protests in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the time. Trump recognises Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Trump’s declaration departed from decades of US policy and upended long-standing international assurances that the fate of the city would be determined in negotiations.

Most countries around the world have not recognised Israel’s 1967 illegal annexation of East Jerusalem.

Under a long-standing international consensus, the fate of the city is to be determined in negotiations.

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