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Russia, Egypt slam US embassy move to Jerusalem

Russian and Egyptian foreign ministers slam US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday

Russia has evaluated the US decision negatively several times, the head of Russian diplomacy Sergey Lavrov said in a joint news conference in Moscow.

"One cannot in such a way, unilaterally, revise the agreements, fixed in decisions [made by] the international community," he said. "[...] The determination of the status of Jerusalem is one of the most important of these questions, [and] can be solved exclusively through a direct dialogue between the Israeli and Palestinian leadership," Lavrov said.

Russia offered a platform for the direct dialogue between Israel and Palestine many times, this offer is still valid, Lavrov said.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri said the US decision violated international agreements between Israel and Palestine.

"Egypt many times stated and repeated that this unilateral decision of the US violates the international agreements between Israel and Palestine on the peace process," he said.

Pakistan reacts to opening of US embassy in Jerusalem

Pakistan on Monday said the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, despite international opposition, is a violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council’s resolutions.

“Pakistan has noted with grave concern that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, the US is moving its embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem”, Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said in a statement.

“This represents a violation of international law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions 476 and 478”, the spokesman noted.

The spokesman reaffirmed that the government and the people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people.

“Pakistan also 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 maintained.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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