Rabat – After expressing his concern over the White House’s unprecedented plan to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, King Mohammed VI has now addressed a message to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, calling on him to intervene.
The monarch, who has supported the Palestinian cause as the chairman of Al Quds Committee, told Guterres that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy to the city “means he runs the risk of hurling the issue into the quagmire of religious and ideological conflict.”
King Mohammed VI added that this move “would also frustrate international efforts aimed at bringing about an atmosphere conducive to a resumption of peace negotiations.”
For weeks, international news outlets and newspapers have reported that Trump has been seriously considering to both move the embassy to the area and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In response, Arab leaders, including King Mohammed VI hurried to warn Trump against the move.
King Mohammed VI sent a message to Trump, in which he expressed his “deep concern” over the plans. For the sovereign, this step would“negatively impact the prospects for a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
In his message to the United Nations Secretary General, King Mohammed VI discussed the serious outcomes that would result from Trump’s intentions.
“Such a decision would ultimately lead to increased strife and tension […] not to mention efuel violence and extremism,” the King said.
“My vision and that of all peace-lovers and peace-advocates around the world is based on safeguarding the status of Jerusalem as a city of peace and tolerance – one that is open to the followers of all revealed religions; in effect, a model of coexistence and of living together.”
The King also explained how important Jerusalem is important to Palestinians and Muslims around the world.
“Jerusalem is a question that concerns thee Palestinians – since it is part of their occupied land – as much as it does the Arab and Muslim World, given the fact that it is home to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, the first of the two Qiblas and the third holiest mosque.”
Hailing Gutress’ efforts in promoting peace in MENA, King Mohammed VI asked the UN Secretary General to “intercede with the US Administration to convince them to refrain from taking any action concerning the city of Jerusalem, given the serious implications that might entail for the future of peace and security in the region.”
Trump’s plans have led to an international outcry in the Arab World. On Tuesday, Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation strongly denounced the plans, saying that it is in flagrant contradiction with the international law, specifically resolutions 2253 and 2254 issued by the United Nations General Assembly in 1967.
The ministry added that the US’s move goes against the conventions concluded and the agreements between the disputants, referring to Palestine and Israel.
King Mohammed VI also ordered the ministry to hold a meeting in the presence of Stephanie Miley, American Chargé d’Affaires in Morocco, and the Russian, Chinese, French, British, and Palestinian Ambassadors to Rabat.
During the meeting, which took place on Wednesday, Nasser Bourita formally handed over King Mohammed’s letter to the US president. During the meeting, the minister reiterated Morocco’s full support for the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights, especially the establishment of an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Bourita also asserted that Morocco will work on the situation together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Erdogan on the move
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited Muslim world leaders to an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in response to Trump’s move. The meeting will gather together Muslim countries leaders in order to discuss the decision.
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King Mohammed VI is expected to attend the meeting as the chairman of Al Quds Committee.
OIC includes 57 Muslim countries, including Iran, Qatar, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia.