The Palestinian government is maintaining that Malawi will be on the wrong side of history if Capitol Hill insists on opening an embassy in Jerusalem.
Palestinian Special Envoy to Malawi, Hanan Jarrar tells Capital FM that establishing a mission in Jerusalem is inappropriate, arguing that the city’s sovereignty belongs to nobody.
In a letter presented to Chakwera on behalf of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbasa, the envoy further states that Malawi should abide by SADC and African Union resolutions on Palestine.
Jarrar maintains that under international law, East Jerusalem including the old city and its holy sites are not legally part of Israel.
“This is the main concern for us, this is an issue of sovereignty this is the issue of recognizing Palestine, this is an issue of violating international law and violating international parameters when it comes to the status of Jerusalem,” Jarrar said.
President Chakwera recently told parliament that opening an embassy in Jerusalem would open more opportunities for Malawi.
The matter, has however not only raised international eyebrows, but also created public debate and criticism within the country.