Prime Minister Najib Razak believes there is no reason for Putrajaya’s ties with Washington to be affected by United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
On Thursday, Najib had used the Umno general assembly to voice out against the declaration and the move by US President Donald Trump to shift the US embassy to the city that is considered holy to the three Abrahamaic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Howevever, at a press conference following the close of the general assembly today, he said that the two countries can still cooperate in various aspects while maintaining Malaysia continues to maintain its objection to the US action on Jerusalem.
“Our relationship with the US is multidimensional and there are many other areas where we can work together,” Najib said.
The repercussions of the US move led to protests worldwide and Malaysia was no exception as thousands of Muslims marched in protest to the US embassy in Jalan Tun Razak after Friday prayers yesterday.
Najib said he was concerned that Trump’s announcement would affect the peace process in the Middle East, pertaining to the status of Palestine.
“It definitely complicates the two-state solution, and concerns the issue of sovereignty that was set by a previous United Nations Security Council resolution,” Najib said warning that it could ultimately lead to more tension and bloodshed.