Fri, 18 Jan 2019
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Abu Dhabi

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The foreign minister of Bahrain defended Australia's formal recognition of West Jerusalem (al-Quds) as Israel's capital.

- World news -

Australia's government announced the decision on Saturday, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but said it would not immediately move its embassy there.

The United States in May opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

The Arab League had issued a statement criticizing the Australian decision as "blatantly biased towards the positions and policies of the Israeli occupation".

But Bahraini minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa described the statement as "mere rhetoric and irresponsible".

"Australia's stance does not impact the legitimate Palestinian demands, first among them being East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and it does not contradict the Arab Peace Initiative," he tweeted on Saturday, according to Reuters.

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