World reacts to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

(VOVWORLD) - Several nations in Asia Pacific and Latin America on Thursday criticized US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, asking Washington to reverse its decision. 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called on Muslim nations to strongly protest any ideas to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The same day, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denounced President Trump’s decision, warning that Washington’s move could adversely affect global security and stability. Meanwhile, Singapore reiterated its consistent support for a two-state solution to address the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Japanese chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga stated that the Jerusalem issue should be addressed through UN Security Council regulations and negotiations between involved parties.

Australia expressed its concern over escalating tensions due to Washington’s decision to move its Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, asserting that Canberra has no intention to relocate its own Embassy from Tel Aviv.

In their Foreign Ministry’s latest announcement on Thursday, Argentina expressed its regret over unilateral actions that could harm the special status of Jerusalem. It also voiced its support for a two-state solution, calling on involved parties to live in peace, respect each other and acknowledge the 1967 border lines.

The Chilean Foreign Ministry also voiced its grave concern over President Trump’s decision, calling Israel’s occupation of West Jerusalem illegal.

Experts said Trump’s move has undone his predecessors’ legacies and countered the US government’s on-going efforts to seek a peaceful agreement in the region, calling this an unwise decision.