Arab League forms ministerial delegation against US move on Jerusalem

Cairo: The Arab League (AL) announced on Sunday that it has formed a ministerial delegation tasked with responding to the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The delegation will respond on the diplomatic and media levels to “the dangerous US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Xinhua quoted AL spokesman Mhamoud Afifi as saying.

The delegation includes the foreign ministers of Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as AL Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

Afifi said the delegation was formed in light of the contacts made by Jordan in recent days, in its capacity as the chair of the Arab summit and the Arab Peace Initiative Committee.

He added that the delegation will hold its first meeting in the Jordanian capital Amman early next week.

Defying strong opposition and warnings from the Palestinians and Muslim countries, US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 to recognise the disputed holy city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.