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Arabs, Europe, UN reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital!

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WASHINGTON: Turning around seventy-year-old foreign policy of his country, President Donald Trump has finally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 6th day of December.

While speaking from White House’s Diplomatic Reception Room he stated that recognizing Jerusalem was a long step to advance the peace process.

“This is nothing more or less than recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done”, Trump held.

While US Embassy is all set to move from Tel Aviv to Holy City, UN, Arabs and Muslims all over the world are condemning the move saying White House has thus abandoned its role as  a peace mediator.

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UN has summoned a Security Council meeting tomorrow (Friday 8th of December). Secretary General of UN Antonio Guterres, while advocating to settle the matter through direct talk, held: “I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardize the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

“I will do everything in my power to support the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to return to meaningful negotiations”, said the UN SG.

Saudi Arabia, holding that Trump’s recognition was a big step backwards in efforts to advance the peace process, warned of dangerous consequences of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

British PM Theresa May noted held that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital before a final-status was unlikely to assist peace process. 

French President Emmanuel Macron said he did not support the unilateral move of US President: “The status of Jerusalem is a question of international security that concerns the entire international community.

“The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.

“The status of Jerusalem is a question of international security that concerns the entire international community.

“The status of Jerusalem must be determined by Israelis and Palestinians in the framework of negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations.

“France and Europe are attached to a two-state solution – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized international borders with Jerusalem the capital of both states.

“For now, I urge for calm and for everyone to be responsible. We must avoid at all costs avoid violence and foster dialogue,” Macron maintained. 

“France and Europe are attached to a two-state solution – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized international borders with Jerusalem the capital of both states.

“For now, I urge for calm and for everyone to be responsible. We must avoid at all costs avoid violence and foster dialogue,” Macron maintained. 

It is pertinent to mention here that since 1948 when Israel was founded no nation has recognized Jerusalem as its capital.

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Tokyo shares rise after Wall Street rally

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TOKYO: Stocks here ended higher today with investor sentiment boosted by robust corporate earnings that triggered a rally on Wall Street and lifted shares in Asia.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 1.29 percent or 291.88 points to 22,841.12 while the broader Topix index added 1.54 percent or 25.96 points at 1,713.87. Market sentiment brightened across Asia, after US and European shares extended gains on a wide range of factors including solid US business earnings, an apparent fading of tensions between Italy and the EU over Rome’s spending, and hopes that Brexit talks may see some progress. Tokyo players also embraced the dollar’s renewed strength.
The US unit kept its ground at 112.25 yen in Tokyo after reaching 112.26 in New York, higher than 111.95 yen seen at the start of the week. “Investors cheered gains of US shares on the back of robust corporate earnings, as well as the relative stability of US bond yields,” Okasan Online Securities said in a note. “The Nikkei index began the day with buy orders leading the way. The dollar hovered just above the 112-yen mark. The yen’s downswing also brightened the sentiment,” the brokerage said. Strong gains of US tech issues drove up Tokyo-based IT shares. IT investor SoftBank Group added 2.13 percent to 9,790 yen, partly on news that Uber was aiming at a valuation above $100 billion for its share offering. Softbank has a 15-percent stake in the ridesharing service.
Softbank stock had taken a hammering in recent days due to the firm’s links to Saudi Arabia, which is under intense international scrutiny after a journalist disappeared from its consulate in Istanbul. Sony jumped 2.23 percent to 6,498 yen. Panasonic rose 1.26 percent to 1,250.5 yen. Toyota gained 1.38 percent at 6,612 yen while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group added 1.84 percent to 4,481 yen. FujiFilm, which rose 1.66 percent to 4,890 yen, announced that a US court lifted an injunction that had stopped the firm’s merger talks with US printer maker Xerox. The Japanese firm plans to continue the discussion.

 

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DG ISPR briefs British parliamentarians

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LONDON: Director General Inter-Services Public Relations, Major General Asif Ghafoor here on Tuesday visited British  Parliament and briefed the parliamentarians about the Pakistan Army’s role in the war against terrorism.
He visited the British Parliament at the invitation of the parliamentarians of House of Commons and House of  Lords, a statement of Pakistan High Commission said.
The parliamentarians highly appreciated the role of Pakistan in the war against terrorism. Lord Nazir Ahmed and Baroness Syeeda Warsi were also present on the occasion.

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Salvini, Macron clash after France caught migrant dumping

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ROME: Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini hit out at President Emmanuel Macron after French police were caught committing the “unprecedented offense” of dumping migrants in Italian woods.
Salvini, also deputy prime minister and head of the anti-immigrant League party, on Monday, demanded a “clear response” after French authorities admitted to returning migrants to Italy in “error”.
A French police van was seen on Friday driving into Italy to return recently-arrived migrants to the town of Claviere.
“It was an error to enter Italian territory without the authorization of the Italian police,” said Cecile Bigot-Dekeyzer, the top official in the Hautes-Alpes region.
“The police had no right to enter Italian territory,” the prefect said.
An outraged Salvini batted away that explanation, while France said the incident should be “kept in perspective”.
“Abandoning migrants in an Italian wood can’t be just a mistake or an incident,” Salvini said on social media. “What happened in Claviere is an unprecedented offense towards our country.”
“Does Paris, which claims to be civil, find it normal to throw people into the woods?… We’re dealing with an international shame, and Mr. Macron can’t pretend he doesn’t know. We won’t accept any excuses,” Salvini wrote.
– ‘It was a mistake’ –
“Let’s keep this in perspective,” an official in the French president’s office told journalists on Tuesday.
“It was a mistake, the authorities have admitted that. There was an incursion, not planned or according to the procedure, into Italian territory, where two people were dropped off.”
Thousands of migrants are caught each year trying to enter France and returned to the Italian border. Last year AFP journalists saw French police dropping off migrants in front of Bardonecchia train station, in Italy.
A source close to Macron slammed Salvini’s “essentially individual political exploitation” of the incident.
Italian Prime Minister “Giuseppe Conte hasn’t turned this incident into proof of a crisis,” the French presidency said.
“We manage our shared border together and there are occasional small regrettable incidents on both sides.”
Relations between Rome and Paris have been increasingly tense in recent months, with Italy’s populist government accusing France and others of failing to share the burden of the 700,000 migrants and asylum seekers that have crossed the Mediterranean to come to Italy since 2013.
French police in March sparked outrage by carrying out identity checks at Bardonecchia station, with the Italian foreign ministry summoning the French ambassador to protest.
In June, Macron criticized Salvini for closing Italian ports to the Aquarius migrant rescue boat, prompting a fresh summoning of the ambassador.

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