Australia relocating its embassy to Jerusalem might increase tension and hamper peace talks between Palestine and Israel.
Rabat – Australian prime minister Scott Morrison will soon announce his country’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Australian government warned its citizens to take caution when traveling to Indonesia before the expected move for the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Australian department of foreign affairs said that Australians who are planning to visit Bali and tropical islands for holidays must “exercise a high degree of caution.”
According to Al Jazeera, Morrison might announce the decision as soon as Saturday. Through this move, the Australian government will follow Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The decision was also followed by several countries, including Paraguay. The move erupted tension in the Arab world, as global leaders, including King Mohammed VI, denounced the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
In December, King Mohammed VI said that “the city of Al-Quds must remain a land of cohabitation and a symbol of coexistence and tolerance for all.”
He added that “the city is not only important for the parties of the conflict, but also for believers in the three Abrahamic religions, due to its unique religious characteristics, its isancient identity, and its great political symbolism.”
The US’s decision also angered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who said that he will no longer accept the US as a mediator for peace talks between Palestine and Israel.
The president also said that Trump’s move undermined possible peace negotiations over the area.
World leaders denounced the move. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Israel a “terrorist state” and a “child killer,” saying Trump’s move was “provocative and unjust.”