Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit speaks during a press conference on Feb. 29, 2020. (AFP)
Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit slammed on Wednesday a decision by Kosovo to open an embassy in Jerusalem, saying it violates international law.
Aboul Gheit said in a statement that this decision is a serious breach to United Nations resolutions and international law, which consider Jerusalem to be occupied territory and prohibit the transfer of embassies there.
He said the decision by Kosovo stands in sharp contrast to international consensus regarding opening embassies in occupied Jerusalem, which was violated by only two countries – the United States and Guatemala.
He said UN Security Council resolutions are clear, mainly 478 of 1980 which condemns Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem and prohibits countries to move embassies there.
The Arab League Secretary-General said opening an embassy in Jerusalem does not change the fact that it is an occupied city and will not decide its future.
He said that recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel contradicts with the principle of a peaceful settlement and the two-state solution.