Diplomacyindia.com


Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

December 15
16:54 2018

Canberra, Dec 15 (IANS) Australia on Saturday officially recognized West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after a period of consultations at home and abroad.

“Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during an address at the Sydney Institute.

“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical… and after final status determination,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC.

The country’s embassy, however, will continue to remain in Tel Aviv until a peace settlement is achieved and Australia will instead establish a Trade and Defence Office in West Jerusalem.

Morrison also announced his support for recognising a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital in the future and added that Australia was supporting “liberal democracy” in the Middle East.

The Saturday’s decision, the leader said, was in line with Australia’s commitment to the two states solution and its longstanding respect for UN Security Council resolutions.

He said that Jerusalem “deserves better than the rancid stalemate and better than the polarization that marks its peoples”, Efe news reported.

Morrison’s decision was criticized by the opposition at home and rattled Indonesia, a historical ally of Palestine.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo had earlier warned that recognizing Jerusalem could jeopardise Australia’s relationship with his country, which has the largest Islamic population in the world.

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump’s administration shifted its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala and Paraguay followed suit, although the latter had reversed the decision soon after, following a change in government.

“The Israeli and Palestinian people deserve a peace as worthy as the promise of their lands — and they deserve a lasting happiness that can only spring from a shared peace,” Morrison said during his address.

He also declared that Australia would retain support for the Iran nuclear deal.

Related Articles

0 Comments

No Comments Yet!

There are no comments at the moment, do you want to add one?

Write a comment

Write a Comment

Your email address will not be published.
Required fields are marked *

Social Icons

Diplomacyindia.com Video Interview with Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay Secretary (CPV & OIA), Ministry of External Affairs speaking on an eventful journey of Indian Passport through its serveral phases, fast expanding network of passport seva kendras, evergrowing numbers, citizen centric service & new Initiatives

Diplomacyindia.com Video Interview with Shri Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay Secretary (CPV & OIA), Ministry of External Affairs speaking on safety & security features of the passport documents in an era of digitalisation his cherished moments & milestones as “Passport Man” of India tranforming the entire passport landscape.

Diplomacyindia.com Video Interview : Mrs. Reva Ganguly Das (IFS) Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations Speaking on Yoga Day Celebrations

Exclusive Interview to Diplomacyindia.com with Shri Upendra Tripathi, IAS Interim DG, International Solar Alliance (ISA) speaking on the journey of ISA so far, guiding principles, vision & priority areas & programmes for ISA.

Exclusive Interview to Diplomacyindia.com with Shri Upendra Tripathi, IAS Interim DG, International Solar Alliance (ISA) speaking on expanding rank of international solar alliance & opening the membership to the countries beyond tropics.

Diplomacyindia.com Exclusive Interview with Ambassador of Slovenia to India, H.E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik speaking on Bilateral Relations and Trade between India and Slovenia

Diplomacyindia.com Exclusive Interview with Ambassador of Slovenia to India, H. E. Mr. Jozef Drofenik speaking on Tourism in Slovenia

Pictures of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Knowledge Partner

Exclusive Interview with Prime Minister of Guyana, H.E. Mr. Moses Veerasammy Nagamootoo during his recent visit to India.Highlights of the interview were Indian Cultural Connect, Vibrant Bilateral Ties and Cultural Connect and India’s Economic Prowess.

Video Message from Shri Prakash Javadekar, MoS (IC) for Forest, Environment & Climate Change on eve of Formal Launch of Website Diplomacyindia.com

Message from Gen. V K Singh, (Retd.) Hon’ble MoS, External Affairs to Diplomacyindia.com

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com