Australia Recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

He however said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv until a peace settlement was achieved between Israel and Palestine.

Mr Morrison’s announcement comes after a period of consultation with politicians in Australia and allies abroad, BBC writes.

“Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” said Mr Morrison, speaking in Sydney on Saturday.

“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical… and after final status determination.”

Mr Morrison said that in the interim Australia would set up a defence and trade office in West Jerusalem.

The prime minister also stressed that Australia was supporting “liberal democracy” in the Middle East.

US President Donald Trump sparked a furore last year when he reversed decades of American foreign policy by recognising the ancient city as Israel’s capital, and relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Two other countries – Guatemala and Paraguay – have announced they would also make the switch, but Paraguay later reversed the decision after a change of government.

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