Somalia, Djibouti criticise Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem

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Somalia and Djibouti have criticised US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The two East African nations say the move is “dangerous” and could spark an international crisis. The government’s of both countries spoke out over Trump’s stance this week while hundreds of Somali citizens protested in the streets of Mogadishu.

Somalia, Djibouti speak out

“We are urging the U.S. government to seriously reconsider the risks that its decision could have on the future of the Middle East and the world in general,” said a statement from Somalia’s foreign ministry on Friday.

Meanwhile, Djibouti completely rejected the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

“This grave decision, contrary to international law and United Nations resolutions, is potentially dangerous insofar as it fears an escalation of tensions in the Middle East and beyond.”

“The Republic of Djibouti reiterates its commitment to the two-state solution, living side by side in peace and security with East Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Palestinian state.”

Protests in Somalia

As Somalia and Djibouti gave their statements over Trump’s Jerusalem call, hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

“We have gathered here to express our reaction and show our solidarity with Palestinians who are suffering from Israeli aggression,” protester Abdullahi Dabar told VOA. “This is unacceptable, and Trump’s decision, as Muslims, only unites our hearts and minds.”

Another protester said: “Trump cannot give a historic Islamic city to Israel, and we will fight against any such move to the last drop of our blood.”

Featured image: “Donald Trump” flickr photo by Gage Skidmore https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/16677804412 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.