Japan Fears Jerusalem Move Could Stoke Tensions

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Yoshihide Suga said Monday that “Japan is concerned that the move could make peace process in the Middle East even more difficult or escalate tension in all of the Middle East.”

He says Japan will watch the development with great interest.

Suga stopped short of criticizing the US, and said that Japan takes note of Washington’s pledge that the issue of Jerusalem’s (al-Quds) status should be resolved between the concerned parties, AP reported.

He stressed that Japan’s position is that the disputes and Jerusalem’s (al-Quds) status should be resolved via negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Suga added that Japan hopes to contribute in its own way to the region’s peace by promoting trust and dialogue between the two parties through various projects.

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem (al-Quds) has been welcomed by Israel but condemned by the Palestinians, who want their capital to be in East Jerusalem (East al-Quds) and view the decision as a blatantly one-sided move on one of the thorniest disputes in the conflict.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem (East al-Quds) in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem (East al-Quds) as the capital of their future state. They view the relocation as a blatant, one-sided move that invalidates America’s role as an impartial peace broker.

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