Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop makes a speech during a reception about gender equality at the Australian ambassador's residence in Tokyo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Australia's foreign minister will meet ambassadors angered by the country's decision to stop referring to East Jerusalem as "occupied", Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday as he stressed there was "no change in policy".The decision has sparked fury in the Arab world, and on Thursday 18 diplomats from countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia protested to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra.The head of the Palestinian delegation to Canberra warned Friday that Australia could face trade sanctions by Arab nations over the new stance.Abbott said there was "absolutely no change" to Australia's policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the shift on East Jerusalem was "simply a terminological clarification".Israel has hailed the Australian move as "refreshing".
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