Egypt s Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry
The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned in a Sunday statement against the negative consequences of these developments, which herald further tensions and escalation, on the stability of the situation in the Palestinian territories.
The ministry stressed the necessity of stopping any violations targeting the Islamic and Christian Arab identity of Jerusalem city and its sanctities or aiming to change the historical and legal status quo.
Al-Aqsa Mosque is a holy site for Muslims, the ministry said.
In this regard, the ministry urged the Israeli authorities to shoulder their responsibilities in accordance to the rules of the international law and intervene to stop these “provocative practices that inflame the feelings of Muslims.”
Tensions rose in the occupied East Jerusalem Sunday as Israel allowed a controversial "flag march" by thousands of Israelis to celebrate the full capture of the city in the 1967 Six Day War.
Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry stressed on Sunday the necessity of suspending any procedures or practices that target the Muslim and Christian Arab identity of the city and change its historical and legal status.
In a meeting with Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub, Shoukry warned that the escalation impacts the stability of the Palestinian territories, the ministry said in a statement.
The Egyptian FM also warned that the expansion of settlement activity, whether through building new settlements, expanding current settlements or confiscating land from Palestinians, undermines the opportunity to reach a two-state solution in Palestine.
Shoukry asserted Egypt’s continued support to the Palestinian cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. He also highlighted the necessity of reviving the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations to establish an independent Palestinian state on the borders of 5 June 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital.
Rajoub hailed Egypt’s supportive role to the Palestinian cause and its people in the face of various challenges, as well as Egyptian efforts to achieve national reconciliation among Palestinians, the statement read.