Palestine protests to Chakwera  over Malawi plan on embassy in Jerusalem: Abbas says violation of UN resolution

Palestinian president’s special envoy Hanan Jarrar arrived in Malawi on Wednesday to hand over a letter of protest from  Mahmoud Abbas  against President Lazarus Chakwera’s decision to open an embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem and has asked Lilongwe to immediately withdraw the decision.

Jarrar has met President  Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe to raise concern on Malawi’s decision to open a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem.
Chakwera: Palestine protests his decision to open Malawi embassy in Jerusalem

The Palestine envoy handed the protest letter to  Chakwera, who announced after the election in June this year, that he will establish a diplomatic mission with Israel in Jerusalem.

“Any step taken to establish a diplomatic mission in Jerusalem constitutes a violation of relevant United Nations resolutions,” warned Jarrar in a statement on her arrival.

Chakwera met Jarrar and received the letter.

Jarrar was tight lipped on her discussions with the Malawi leader on the matter, saying Chakwera was “accommodative.”

Miles away in Israel, Malawi’s  Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka was meeting that country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu over the same issue.

Mkaka on Tuesday said the east southern nation will open a full embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the summer of 2021.

Malawi would become the first African nation to do so.

Mkaka, currently on a visit to Israel, called the decision a “bold and significant step”.

But the Palestinian envoy said Jerusalem is still a disputed territory and called on all countries “that have established diplomatic missions at Jerusalem to withdraw such missions from the Holy City”.

Jarrar said the UN Security Council Resolution 476 (1980), recently reaffirmed by Resolution 2334 (2016), does not recognize any action that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem.

“Under international law, East Jerusalem [including the Old City and its holy sites] are not legally part of Israel,” Jarrar said.

“Since Israel’s establishment in 1948, the US and the international community have refused to recognize the sovereignty of any country to any part of Jerusalem in the absence of a permanent Arab-Israeli peace agreement.”

There was no immediate comment from the government of Malawi.

Opposition members of Malawi’s parliament have recently also raised concern about opening an embassy in Jerusalem, but President Chakwera — a former preacher — has been firm on the move.

Chakwera justified his foreign policy decision, saying that it was not new in Malawi, as during the one-party regime of founding President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the country also had diplomatic ties with Israel until 1994.

Chakwera’s decision follows that of US President Donald Trump, who in December 2017 — breaking with longstanding diplomatic practice — recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy to the city in May this year.

Israel considers the Holy City its eternal capital, but Palestinians want East Jerusalem, seized in a 1967 Middle East war, as part of a future state.

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Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
7 months ago

Religious beliefs should not interfere with leadership judgement. This kind of thing could put our usually low profile country on the radar for some nasty people with opposing beliefs on the same issue.

Dan
Dan
7 months ago

sick brains

Tonse
Tonse
7 months ago

Biden will relocate US embassy back to telviv, amalawi tiyenazoni

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
7 months ago

Kachakwera has goofed. When Trump is out, America shall not recognize Jerusalem any more. And kachakwera will be left alone caressing Jerusalem. A Poor decision this is. Palestine is right.

achalume
achalume
7 months ago

i support the President on this one. There can never be Israel without Jerusalem.

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
7 months ago
Reply to  achalume

And why is that our problem? Is it for us to ensure that there is Israel?

Judge-Better mus-cum
Judge-Better mus-cum
7 months ago
Reply to  achalume

nde umbuli ukunenedwa wo umenewu

Charles
Charles
7 months ago

The problem is that the Palestines want their enemies to be our enemies as well. They should not be determining who our friends should be. Let our president decide where our embassies should be. He is mature enough to know the pros and cons of a relationship with Israel.

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
7 months ago
Reply to  Charles

On such s matter which can create dangerous enemies for us, he should seek the opinions of the Malawian pipo

Chukambiri
Chukambiri
7 months ago

This is a very dangerous direction my president.

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
7 months ago
Reply to  Chukambiri

Indeed

Gocho
Gocho
7 months ago

Malawi sanafikepo poti akhoza kukayika emabssy ku Jerusalem izizi ndikufuna kids nsanga ndi azifwambwa tiyeni tidzingolima

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
7 months ago
Reply to  Gocho

Tru. We have hitherto avoided the attention of such people. Why can’t we keep it that way. Be a little more secular and neutral in that position.

China
China
7 months ago

That’s a bad decision Jerusalem indeed belonged to the Palestinians in the first place. Not only we will be targeted by terrorists but you are putting Africa at risk

The Sniper
The Sniper
7 months ago
Reply to  China

Which Africa?

Kipome
Kipome
7 months ago
Reply to  China

That is a lie.. Jerusalem belongs to Israel and this has been like that for so long.

Dan
Dan
7 months ago

Please leave the [president alone, kodi mungoti ng’weng;we apa ma Palestinawotipindula nawo chani ife? Akulowerera akukamba zothandiza dziko lake bwanji Abbasyo naye akambe zake? Kodi mdani wawo akhalenso wathu?

The Sniper
The Sniper
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan

Very good question! kodi mdani wawo ndi wathuso?

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