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The Kingdom of Morocco has called for pragmatic actions following the US decision on Al Quds and to use all diplomatic and legal means to defend the holy city.

Speaking at the emergency meeting of Arab foreign affairs ministers, held Saturday night in Cairo, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nasser Bourita, called for “pragmatic actions” against the US decision on Al Quds and underlined the need “to use all diplomatic and legal means to defend our rights.”

Bourita, who underscored the importance to strengthen solidarity and support for the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, said that “our decisions must reflect the anger and frustration of the Arab and Islamic Ummah following the US decision.” 

“We must act responsibly and not make decisions that we cannot implement in order to safeguard our credibility," he added.

Bourita recalled the message sent by HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, to US President Donald Trump in which the Sovereign expressed his deep concern and that of Arab and Muslim countries following the US decision, adding that HM the King also sent a message on the same matter to the UN Secretary General.

The Sovereign also held a phone conversation with president of the Palestinian authority, Mahmoud Abbas, reiterated on this occasion Morocco's strong and unwavering support for the brotherly Palestinian people and voiced his flat refusal of any action that could undermine the multi-religious aspect of the holy city or alter its legal and political status, Bourita pointed out.

The minister also said that on high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, he summoned the chargé d'affaires of the US Embassy in Morocco and the ambassadors of Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom accredited in Rabat, as members of the UN Security Council, in the presence of Palestine’s ambassador to Morocco.

He said that during this meeting, he called on these countries to fully shoulder their responsibilities to preserve the legal and political status of Al Quds and avoid anything that might fuel conflicts and undermine stability in the region.

The US decision marks a dangerous turning point in the political and legal status of this holy city and a breach of the results of the peace negotiations that put Al Qods at the heart of final status issues within the framework of a two-state solution, Bourita said.

This decision goes against the policies of previous US administrations that took into account the unique nature of the city of Al Quds, he said, adding that Israel may seize this opportunity to carry on the judaization of the holy city and to alter its religious and spiritual aspects.

 This step could undermine security and stability in the region and fuel anger, violence and extremism, he said.