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14th-Dec-2017

Palestinians have right to East Jerusalem as capital: Saudi King

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The Times Of Israel :
Palestinians have the right to East Jerusalem as their capital, Saudi King Salman said Wednesday, echoing calls at an Islamic summit in Istanbul from which he had stayed away.
"The kingdom has called for a political solution to resolve regional crises, foremost of which is the Palestinian issue and the restoration of the Palestinian people's legitimate rights, including the right to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital," the king said. Salman did not spell out whether that meant Saudi support for an Israeli capital in West Jerusalem.
The king's remarks came at the opening of the annual Consultative Council meeting in Riyadh, as the world's main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to the Trump administration's recognition last week of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its declaration of intent to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. Salman renewed his condemnation of Trump's decision, saying it "represents an extreme bias against the rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem that have been guaranteed by international resolutions." In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, King Salman attends a swearing in ceremony in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on November 6, 2017.