JAKARTA – Indonesia and Malaysia urged US President Donald Trump on Thursday to reverse his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying the move could threaten global peace and security.
Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, said Trump’s decision had violated several United Nations resolutions and warned it could rock global political stability.
“Indonesia strongly condemns the United States’ unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and asks the US to reconsider the decision,” said Widodo during a televised press conference.
Widodo added that he had convened a meeting with the US ambassador in Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, to discuss the matter.
Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement strongly condemning Trump’s announcement.
“Such a decision would put to an end all efforts made towards a resolution of Palestinian question. It would have great repercussions not only towards the security and stability of the region, but would inflame sentiments, making efforts to combat terrorism all the more difficult,” a statement issued by Malaysia’s Ministry read.
“Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has violated various UN resolutions, in which the United States became a permanent member. This can disrupt the political stability of the world,” the ministry added.
On Wednesday, Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that its embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.
The decision goes against decades of international convention in which foreign governments have based their diplomatic missions in Tel Aviv in order to avoid inflaming Israeli-Palestinian tensions.