KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government today slammed Australia’s recognition of west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. reiterating that only a two-state solution can end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
In a statement, Putrajaya considers Australia`s announcement that the west Jerusalem is the capital of Israel ignoring the settlement of a two-state solution to be “premature and a humiliation to the Palestinians and their struggle for the right to self-determination.
“Malaysia reiterates its long standing position that a two-state solution, in which the Palestinians and the Israelis live side by side in peace, based on the pre-1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, is the only viable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“Malaysia will continue to work closely with all partners to find a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict,” Malaysia foreign ministry said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in Sydney yesterday that his country now recognises west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, adding that it will set up a trade and defence office but not relocate its embassy there until the settlement of a two-state solution.