Trump Jerusalem move ‘a dangerous violation’ of international law, says Arab League

Foreign ministers says US presidents decision threatens to send the region into violence and chaos

Arab foreign ministers have called Donald Trumps decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israels capital a dangerous violation of international law that had no legal impact and was void.

The Arab League urged the United States to abandon an announcement it said would increase unrest in the region. The decision has no legal effect … it deepens tension, ignites anger and threatens to plunge region into more violence and chaos, the Arab League said early on Sunday after an emergency session attended by all its members in Cairo.

Trumps endorsement of Israels claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital goes against long-standing US policy that the citys status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The league said it would seek a UN security council resolution rejecting the US move.

Lebanons foreign minister, Gebran Bassil, said during the meeting that Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the US to prevent it moving its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Pre-emptive measures [must be] taken … beginning with diplomatic measures, then political, then economic and financial sanctions, he said, without giving specific details.

The Arab League statement made no mention of economic sanctions.

Arab criticism of Trumps plan contrasted sharply with the praise Washingtons traditional Arab allies heaped on him at the beginning of his administration in January.

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