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Maldives condemns US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

The Maldivian government, political parties and opposition leaders have strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

In a statement Wednesday, the government called the move “a flagrant disregard of international law which could have dire consequences not only for the Middle East peace process and to the peace, security and stability in the region, but also, to the maintenance of international peace and security as a whole.”

It added: “The Maldives considers East Jerusalem as occupied Palestinian territory. The Maldives therefore calls on the United States to respect the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and not hinder the international efforts to advance the peace process.”

The statement reiterated the stance that an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital was the only solution to the decades-old conflict and denounced “Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.”

Both the ruling party and opposition parties also put out statements expressing outrage over the Trump administration’s decision.

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