Iran assembly recognizes Jerusalem as Palestine capital


Move follows recent White House decision acknowledging city as capital of Israel

ISTANBUL: Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill recognizing Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital.

According to Iran’s government-run ICANA news agency, 207 out of 290 lawmakers voted in favor of the legislation.

Addressing the assembly on Wednesday, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani described the bill’s timing as “important”.

“It comes in response to the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in hopes of dealing a blow to Muslims,” he said.

On Dec. 6, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, sparking a wave of condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world.


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