Malta has joined several other countries across the world in condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“Malta disagrees with the US President’s decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, a move which effectively means the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the press. “We believe discussion on Jerusalem must involve all sides and be part of a two-state solution [with Palestine].”
“We fear this move will only fuel extremism and, while we hope this doesn’t prove to be the case, there are no two ways about it – we disagree with this decision by the US government.”
Muscat’s announcement means Malta has joined several other countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar in condemning Trump’s decision.
The EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini voiced “serious concern”, while UN secretary general Antonio Guterres described it as a “moment of great anxiety”.