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Palestinians have right to Jerusalem as capital: Saudi King

Filed on December 13, 2017
Palestinians have right to Jerusalem as capital: Saudi King

The King renewed his condemnation of Trump's decision

Palestinians have the right to Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.

"The Kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital," the King said.

Salman's address to the Kingdom's Consultative Council came as the world's main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to last week's US recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The King renewed his condemnation of President Donald Trump's decision, saying it "represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by international resolutions".

At Wednesday's summit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the world to recognise east Jerusalem as the "capital of Palestine", while Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas warned there could be no peace in the Middle East until such a move was made.

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, The Amir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, Lebanese President Michel Aoun and the presidents of Afghanistan and Indonesia all joined the summit.

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