No Strong Decision Expected at Jordan Meeting on Quds: Analyst
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Lebanese university professor and Middle East expert attached little importance to a ministerial meeting of some Arab states about al-Quds (Jerusalem) due to be held later today in Jordan, saying no strong decision is going to be taken in the talks.
Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Talal Atrissi pointed to the upcoming meeting of the foreign ministers of six Arab countries in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Saturday and said the participants would only reiterate their previous stances in the meeting.
“There will be no strong decision at this meeting,” he said, adding, “In the final statement of the Amman meeting, the US president’s move on Quds may be condemned, though without taking anything measures to pressure Washington.”
He went on to say that, basically, agreements approved in such meetings of Arab countries are not strong enough and, therefore, do not seem to be of much use.
The foreign ministers of Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Morocco along with Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit plan to convene in Amman to discuss the consequences of US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Quds the capital of the Israeli regime.
Trump declared on December 6 that his administration would begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the city of Quds. The controversial decision drew widespread international condemnation and sparked protests across Palestine.
Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.
About 130 UN members defied US president and voted in favor of a resolution calling for the US to withdraw its decision to recognize Quds as the capital of Israel.
Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.