Pakistan says US Al-Quds move violates UNSC resolutions

Islamabad, Dec 21, IRNA - Pakistan says the decision of the US administration to recognize Jerusalem (Beit-ul Moqaddas) as the capital of Zionist regime of Israel and to shift the US embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem is complete violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Muhammad Faisal during his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday said Islamabad firmly believes that establishment of viable, independent state of Palestine on the basis of internationally agreed parameters with Al-Quds as its capital is the only lasting solution of the Middle Eastern Crisis.

“In this regards Pakistan fully endorses the OIC position taken in the extraordinary summit in Istanbul,” he said.

He also said the threat of Daesh is increasing and Pakistan has repeatedly raised its concerns publically as well as officially with the Afghan government and the United States in this regards.

The official said big swathes of territories not under control of the Afghan Government are being used for terrorism and Pakistan has conveyed its reservations to Afghanistan in this regard. “We urge Afghanistan and Resolute Support Mission to take steps to eradicate Daesh’s safe heavens in Afghanistan.'

Faisal said Pakistan rejects the unfounded accusations in US National Security Strategy 2017 released on 18 December that belie facts on ground and trivialize Pakistan's efforts for fighting terrorism and our unmatched sacrifices to promote peace and stability in the region.

“Pakistan has long been at the forefront in the fight against regional and global terrorism. It is because of Pakistan's cooperation with the international community, acknowledged and appreciated by the US leadership, that the Al- Qaeda core was decimated from the region,” he said.

Referring to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), he said, 'Pakistan has always played an active role to ensure regional integration and interdependence amongst the ECO member states. We support ECO's initiatives and have always encouraged enhancement of the current steady progress.'

'CPEC is our flagship project and progressing very well, completion of this project would help Pakistan to overcome its energy needs,” the spokesman said on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

He added Pakistan has decided to release and repatriate 291 Indian fishermen in two phases on 29 December 2017 and 08 January 2018 via Wagah Border as a goodwill gesture on humanitarian grounds.

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