Dec 17, 2018 08:06 UTC
  • They have ‘no rights’ to recognize al-Quds as Israel’s 'capital': Malaysian PM

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has denounced Australia’s controversial move in recognizing al-Quds as the so-called capital of the Israeli regime, saying that "they have no rights” to do so.

According to Press TV, the Malaysian leader made the comments on the sidelines of an event in the Thai capital of Bangkok on Sunday, a day after Canberra announced that it had formally recognized the city as Zionist regime’s “capital” and would move its Tel Aviv embassy once a peace settlement was reached.

“Al-Quds should remain as it is now and not the capital of Israel,” Mahathir said, adding, “Al-Quds has always been under Palestine, so why are they taking the initiative to divide al-Quds not belonging to them, but to divide the Arabs and the Jews? They have no rights.”

Australia’s provocative move followed US President Donald Trump’s decision to move the American embassy to the city from Tel Aviv on May 14, which infuriated Palestinians and the wider Islamic world and upset Western allies.

The relocation also triggered demonstrations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

The US president had announced his decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and relocate the US embassy in the Occupied Territories from Tel Aviv to the city on December 6 last year.

On December 21, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that called on the US to withdraw its controversial policy shift, but all to no avail.

Canberra’s decision on recognition makes the Commonwealth of Australia one of a handful of countries to recognize the city as the “capital” of the Israeli regime, representing a change in the Oceanian country’s long-held policy on the negotiations between Zionist regime and the Palestinians.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry released a statement echoing the stance adopted by the premier regarding Australia’s decision, saying Kuala Lumpur “strongly opposes” it.