USA decision on Jerusalem is "flagrant attack on political solution": AL

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His speech came days after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, angering Palestinians and sparking protests in Muslim and Arab countries.

"We strongly condemn the use of disproportionate force by Israel", it added.

In an interview with the Tasnim News Agency in Damascus, Mahmoud Al-Khalidi said the USA president would have refrained from declaring Quds the capital of Israel if he had been mindful of the "heavy costs" of his decision and the consequent damages to USA interests. Demonstrations also took place in Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Somalia, Yemen, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The Foreign Ministers of the 22-member states of the Arab League met for an emergency meeting at their headquarters in Cairo on Saturday.

The status of Jerusalem has been one of the biggest obstacles to a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians for generations.

"The ministers agreed on demanding that the United States rescind its decision on Jerusalem...and the calling on the global community to recognise the state of Palestine...with east Jerusalem as its capital".

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Paris has pointed out in the past its conviction that a two-state solution requires the recognition of Palestine.

Trump on Wednesday reversed decades of USA policy and by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imperiled Middle East peace efforts.

In East Jerusalem, about 60 people demonstrated near the walled Old City, where paramilitary border police and officers on horseback tried to disperse the crowd with tear gas.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters during a meeting of his ruling AK Party in Sivas, Turkey December 10, 2017.

The Turkish president has used his position as the current chairman of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to call a summit of the pan-Islamic group on Wednesday.

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