Pakistan urges US to refrain from shifting embassy to Jerusalem

Pakistan on Wednesday voiced its opposition to the reported plan of shifting the US embassy to Jerusalem, saying such a move would alter the legal and historical status of the city.

The Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said the reported move was of “grave concern” to the country, adding that it would “constitute a clear violation” of international law and UN Security Council resolutions.

“It would also sidestep decades of global consensus on this issue, undermine regional peace and security as well as derail any prospects for a lasting peace in the Middle East.”

Pakistan has called upon the United States to refrain from any move that alters the legal and historical status as well as the character of Jerusalem, and urged it to “fully comply with all applicable UN Security Council resolutions including UNSCR 478”.

“Pakistan renews its call for the establishment of a viable, independent and contiguous State of Palestine, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, the pre-1967 borders, and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital,” read the statement.

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