Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States at a meeting of the Arab League Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (The Daily Star/Gebran Bassil HO)
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Lebanon Sunday criticized a resolution issued by Arab foreign ministers after their emergency meeting regarding Jerusalem, saying it fell short of addressing the gravity of the situation resulting from the U.S. decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital. The Lebanese Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding tougher measures to face the unprecedented encroachment on Jerusalem. The statement came a day after Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Arab nations should consider imposing economic sanctions against the United States to prevent it from moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, Bassil's proposal was not adopted by the Arab foreign ministers.Addressing the Arab League meeting Saturday, Bassil called for inter-Arab reconciliation and an emergency Arab summit to bring Jerusalem back "to the Arab fold".The Arab Peace Initiative, adopted by the Arab League summit held in Beirut in March 2002, called for Israel's complete withdrawal from occupied Arab territories, the attainment of a just solution for the problem of the Palestinian refugees and the establishment of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, in return for Arab states normalizing relations with the Jewish state.Bassil stressed in his speech that each Arab country should act to consecrate Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk praised the statement issued by the International Support Group for Lebanon following a meeting in Paris Friday, saying it provided a real solution for Lebanon's rocky relations with Arab countries.
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