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China supports Palestine with E. Jerusalem its capital

Beijing 'understands concerns of Muslim countries over the status of Jerusalem'

14.12.2017
China supports Palestine with E. Jerusalem its capital Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang speaks during a press conference on U.S sanctions against North Korea in Beijing, China on November 21, 2017. Kang said " Sanctions against North Korea are wrong", remarking sanctions also have impact on Chinese companies and people. ( Fuat Kabakçı - Anadolu Agency )

By Fuat Kabakci, Nilay Kar

BEIJING

China supports an independent Palestine on the basis of the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, its foreign ministry spokesperson has said.

Speaking after an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Istanbul on Wednesday, Lu Kang said Beijing understoods the concerns of Muslim countries over the status of Jerusalem.

OIC countries issued a declaration on Wednesday recognizing East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Kang called on the two sides to resume dialogue in order to find a “comprehensive and fair” solution to the long-standing crisis between Palestine and Israel.

The Istanbul declaration called on "the world to recognize East Jerusalem as the occupied capital of Palestine".

The declaration also rejected and condemned the "unlawful" decision of the U.S. president.

Last week, Donald Trump announced his decision -- despite widespread opposition across the Middle East -- to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future state.

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