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Recognizing rights of all people in Holy Land essential: Pope

Sofian Khan

While speaking hours before Donald Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, the Pope on Wednesday called for the city’s “status quo” to be respected, mentioning new tension in the Middle East would further aggravate world conflicts.U.S. president Trump on Wednesday has recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and launched the U.S. Embassy to the ancient city. The Pope in an appeal at the end of weekly general audience called for all to show respect to UN’s resolutions on the city that is sacred to the Jews, Christians and Muslims.“I make a heartfelt appeal so that all commit themselves to respecting the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent resolutions of the United Nations I cannot keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days.” the Pope said.He said he hoped “wisdom and prudence prevail, in order to avoid adding new elements of tension to a global panorama that is already convulsed and marked by so many and cruel conflicts.”Before making the public comments, The Pope privately met a group of Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican. He said to them, “The primary condition of that dialogue is reciprocal respect and a commitment to strengthening that respect, for the sake of recognising the rights of all people, wherever they happen to be.”

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