Arab League to Australia and Brazil: Abide by international law

Arab League calls on Australia and Brazil to "abide by international law" concerning the status of Jerusalem.

Elad Benari,

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit
Reuters

The Arab League on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling on Australia and Brazil to "abide by international law" concerning the status of Jerusalem, AFP reported.

The resolution comes after Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced his intention to move his country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

It also follows Saturday’s recognition by Australia of western Jerusalem as Israel's capital, though Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his country’s embassy would not be relocated to Jerusalem a peace settlement is achieved.

The Arab League decided Tuesday to dispatch a "high-ranking delegation" to Brazil and Australia to inform officials there on the need to "abide by international law" concerning Jerusalem, according to AFP.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting at the League's Cairo headquarters attended by delegates from member countries.

The pan-Arab body also called on the UN Security Council to "assume its responsibilities by putting pressure on Israel... and stop its aggression against the Palestinian people".

The Arab League last week sent a letter to Bolsonaro, in which it warned the president-elect that moving his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries.

And, earlier this week, the body’s Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit called on Australia to recognize eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state after it recognized western Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.




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