PM says Trump's decision on Jerusalem unacceptable
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina regretted and condemned the US administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Hours after the U.S. President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Bangladesh took a cautious stance, saying that it follows an independent policy on Palestine.
"Such decision is also biased against the historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been guaranteed by the relevant international resolutions and have received the recognition and support of the international
community", she told at a press conference on Thursday at Ganobhaban, the official residence of the PM.
In a reply to a question on the issue, she sharply reacted by saying that the international community are abide by all UN resolutions related to the city of Jerusalem, including Security Council resolutions and the principles of international law, which stipulates that diplomatic missions should not be established or transferred there; Opposing any recognition of it as the capital of the occupying state and considering East Jerusalem as an integral part of the Palestinian territory occupied in 1967.
"I urged the Islamic Ummah to work together to address the issue," she told at a press conference held to discuss the outcome of her recent visit to Cambodia.
Trump's announcement was welcomed by the Israelis but drew swift condemnation across the Arab-Islamic world. The Indian think tanks cautioned that the US recognition will place new challenges before the Arab world. Meanwhile, Arab and Islamic people across the globe said such unilateral decisions are contrary to the internationally legitimate resolutions and will not change the legal status of the city of Jerusalem as being under occupation.
The step will represent a fundamental change in the neutral position of the United States at a time when everyone looks forward to seeing the United States of America working to achieve the desired results in the peace process, the statement said.
Indian Prime Minister Norendra Modi also reacted on the issue. In an indirect reference to Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, India took a cautious stance and said it is not influenced by any 'third country'.
US President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Wednesday recognising Jerusalem as Israel`s capital 70 years after the United States formally recognised Israel as a state. "My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians", said Mr Trump, while pointing out that like him previous US presidents had also pledged to recognise Jerusalem in their election campaigns but failed to keep their promise.
"Today, December 6, 2017, President Trump recognised Jerusalem, the ancient capital of the Jewish people, as the capital of the state of Israel. In taking this action, President Trump fulfilled a major campaign promise of his and many previous presidential candidates," said a White House statement released minutes after Mr Trump finished his speech.
He did not clarify if he was recognising Jerusalem only as Israel`s capital or if there would be room for a Palestinian capital as well when a Palestinian state is established.
Although the US law since 1995 required the administration to move the embassy to Jerusalem, every six months a succession of US presidents have signed a waiver to delay the move. He noted that previous US presidents not only declined to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel`s capital but also declined to acknowledge it as purely Israeli capital at all.