Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters)
Updated 25 December 2017
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Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as “shameful” Guatemala’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
“It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem” and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement.
“The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and international law,” it said.
“The state of Palestine will act with regional and international partners to oppose this illegal decision.”
Guatemala’s announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of UN member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Guatemala was among only eight countries to join the United States on Thursday in voting against the resolution.
Trump’s announcement on December 6 sparked anger in the Palestinian territories and across the Muslim world.
Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
Israelis see the whole of the city as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.
No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.


Turkish justice minister: Public should ‘ignore leaks’ regarding Khashoggi case

Updated 18 October 2018
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Turkish justice minister: Public should ‘ignore leaks’ regarding Khashoggi case

LONDON: Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul called on the public to ignore any information that had been leaked in the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s case, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.
Gul also said that the case of Jamal Khashoggi is being “thoroughly” investigated and “results are expected to come out soon.”
Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman previously addressed the “malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal’s whereabouts and fate” last week. Prince Khalid said rumors that the “Kingdom’s authorities have detained” Khashoggi or “killed him are absolutely false, and baseless.”
President Donald Trump criticized Tuesday the rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and warned against a rush to judge. “I think we have to find out what happened first,” he said.
After a telephone conversation with King Salman on Monday in which US President Donald Trump discussed the joint investigation by the Kingdom and Turkey into Khashoggi’s disappearance, Trump said that the Saudi journalist may have been killed by “rogue killers.”
Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.