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Kuwait Emir calls for protecting identity of Jerusalem

Kuwait Emir calls for protecting identity of Jerusalem

Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Wednesday called for efforts to protect the identity of Jerusalem and the sacredness of Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to Kuna.

Delivering his speech to the urgent summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Sabah reminded participants of the heinous act of setting fire to the Al-Aqsa Mosque some 50 years ago, which led to the formation of the organization.

Decades have passed and the threat is now extended to the very identity of the holy city of Jerusalem, Sabah said regarding the US decision to recognize the city as the capital of Israel.

Sabah added that the recognition, which involves moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, will directly threat the stability of the region which is already affected by the activities of terror organizations.

His Highness the Amir deemed the US decision as a step that would hinder efforts for security and add tension to the region.

The overall global reaction to the decision reflected the world's rejection of such steps, said His Sabah who called for cooperation with various regional partners to pressure the US to back down.

This unilateral decision will have a negative impact on the Mideast peace process, said Sabah who asked the US, the main Middle East peace broker, to reconsider the situation and play a neutral part in the matter.

The US should work with the global community to force Israel to implement international resolutions concerning ending the occupation of Palestinian and Arab lands, affirmed Sabah  who stressed that peace will only be achieved by establishing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as a capital of the country.

He stressed that Kuwait, as a non-permanent member of the UNSC, will work with all Islamic partners to make sure that OIC resolutions concerning the important matter would reach the global community.

Sabah thanked the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and OIC Secretary General Yousef Al-Othaimeen for organizing the urgent summit, affirming that the US decision, if carried out, will have huge ramifications on the legal and political status of Jerusalem.