The Arab League plans to convene an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss ways to challenge the “illegal” move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, an unnamed Arab diplomat said Monday, according to the Egyptian state news agency MENA.
The meeting will be held “to counter the illegal decision taken by the United States of America to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem,” according to the report, confirmed by Reuters.
Arab League deputy secretary-general Sa’eed Abu Ali told journalists that permanent representatives would meet “at the request of the state of Palestine.”
Arab League secretary-general Ahmed Aboul Gheit slammed the countries who attended the inauguration of the new embassy, calling their presence at the celebration “shameful,” according to the AFP news agency.
“It is shameful to see countries participating with the U.S. and Israel in celebrating the former’s embassy move to occupied Jerusalem in a clear and grave violation of international law and [UN] Security Council resolutions,” said Aboul Gheit.
He called on all nations to “refrain from taking any step that would harm the rights of the Palestinian people.” He said the move “represents an extremely dangerous step,” adding, “I don’t think the American administration realizes its real implications in the short and long terms.”