Iran’s Armenian Archbishop, MPs condemn Trump’s Jerusalem statement

An Iranian Armenian religious leader and the country’s Armenian lawmakers have decried the  decision by the US president to recognize Jerusalem as the new capital of Israeli, Tasnim News Agency reports.

In a statement on Saturday, the Armenian  prelate of the diocese of Tehran, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, denounced Trump’s decision as a “wrong and cruel” move that is unacceptable to the followers of Christianity and Islam.

The holy city of Jerusalem, the cradle of monotheistic religions, will remain as an indispensable part of Palestine, he said, warning that Trump’s move undermines efforts to establish peace and safeguard the rights of Palestinians to gain independence.

Moreover, two Iranian Armenian parliamentarians, Karen Khanlari and Jorjik Abramian, condemned the US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem as a move against international regulations and historical and political facts.

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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