Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a ceremony marking the 54th anniversary of Fatah's founding, in Ramallah, December 31, 2018.
(photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS)
The Palestinian Authority condemned “in the strongest terms" Brazil's decision to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem, and said that it will recall the Palestinian ambassador to Brazil for consultations to study the PA’s response to the move.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, who is accompanying Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on his visit to Israel, spoke with acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz about the opening of a Brazilian diplomatic office in Jerusalem.
The PA Foreign Ministry said on Sunday that Brazil’s decision was a “flagrant violation of international legitimacy and its resolutions, and a direct assault on our people and their rights.”
The ministry claimed that the decision to open the diplomatic office came in response to American and Israeli “pressure aimed at perpetuating the occupation, settlements and Judaization in occupied Jerusalem.”
The PA said that it was consulting with Arab countries to determine a unified and shared Arab position towards the Brazilian decision.
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