OIC warns Australia over Jerusalem embassy move


"We have a very good relationship with Indonesia and one that enables us to have direct communication on these issues".

Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election.

This claim has prompted debates in Australia and overseas, as the status of Jerusalem has been one of the key stumbling stones for negotiating a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal.

Australia would be "violating global law" and United Nations security council resolutions if it proceeded with the embassy move, said Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Al Maliki, who was in Jakarta on an official visit Tuesday.

"What matters is that it's reliable, it can be contracted, it can be priced at lower than what we're getting now, because that's what brings people's power prices down".

In this context, what pressures might be brought to bear on Australian foreign policy in the future in a byelection, say, in a seat where ethnic Chinese predominate, or other ethnic minorities?

Analysts said the announcement could jeopardise a proposed free trade agreement with Indonesia and would put pressure on President Joko Widodo, who faces an election next year, to publicly rebuke Australia. "And not take steps that would threaten that peace process and stability of world security", Marsudi said.

If Australia does indeed relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, it will become the third country to recognize the city as the capital of Israel.

"And I was very pleased by the warm exchange I had yesterday with the President". Australia is violating UNSC resolutions. Why is the prime minister so reckless with our foreign policy?

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"Australia's position on this issue has to date assumed that it is not possible to consider the question of the recognition of Israel's capital in Jerusalem and that be consistent with pursuing a two state solution", he said.

Netanyahu has attempted to persuade other countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Australia is considering recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy to Jerusalem, according to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Morrison's openness to recognising Jerusalem and moving Australia's embassy there comes four days before a by-election in Sydney at which his centre-right coalition runs the risk of losing its tenuous hold on power.

Morrison's statements follow the U.S. controversially moving its embassy to Jerusalem in May, sparking mass rioting and worldwide condemnation.

Labor accused Mr Morrison of "desperation", with Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong saying the Prime Minister was playing "dangerous and deceitful" word games.

Morrison also said Australia would review its support for the Iran nuclear deal, under which sanctions were lifted in return for restraints on its nuclear programme "to determine whether our current policy settings remain fit for purpose".

"The Government will review, without prejudice, Australia's approach to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to determine whether our current policy settings remain fit for objective".