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Aboul Gheit condemns opening Paraguay embassy in Jerusalem

Monday 21/May/2018 - 06:45 PM
Sada El Balad
Mohamed Emad

Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit on Monday denounced the opening of Paraguay embassy in occupied Jerusalem.

He said that this would have a negative impact on relations with the Arab world.

“Take such a step that would only fuel the situation and damage the chances of a fair settlement،” Aboul Gheit said.

Noteworthy، Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday، the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv، Reuters reported.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago، drawing Palestinian anger. It was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians، who with broad international backing want East Jerusalem، captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war، as their capital.

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