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Middle East Tension Prof. Oquaye’s comments on Jerusalem 'disgraceful' - MP

The Speaker of Parliament has been quoted to have told Israeli-based iNews24 that “whatever Israel wants, we in Ghana will go by that, because that is essentially an internal decision.”

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The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu, Ras Mubarak, has severely criticised the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye, for claiming Ghana supports Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Speaker of Parliament has been quoted to have told Israeli-based iNews24 that “whatever Israel wants, we in Ghana will go by that, because that is essentially an internal decision.”

READ MORE: Thousands march in Istanbul to protest US President's Jerusalem recognition

His comments follow US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Reacting to the Speaker's comments, the Kumbungu legislature noted he has no authority to speak on Ghana's foreign policy.

According to him, the Speaker's position is not only prejudicial but also a complete departure from Ghana's position on the Palestine-Israeli fued.

"I hope the Speaker didn’t say what he’s been reported to have said but if the report is accurate, I would say it’s simply disgraceful. Speaker of Parliament cannot be commenting on government’s foreign policy," he said.

"He’s not a member of the Executive. Not only would such comments be prejudicial but a complete departure from Ghana’s position on the Israeli Palestinian issue.”

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry has distanced the government from Prof Oquaye's comments, saying the comments were his personal views.

READ ALSO: Government distances itself from Prof. Oquaye’s comments on Jerusalem

”Ghana has always supported the position that the Palestinian-Isreali conflict should be resolved peacefully between the parties themselves and all the stakeholders involved. It is therefore important to all stakeholders and observers to remain neutral until final resolution by partners,” it said in a statement.

The statement added that: “While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration does not wish to stifle debates on this issue which is of international concern, the Minister will appeal to all well-minded persons to take cognisance of the sensitivity of the issues."

Israel seized Arab east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

READ ALSO: Isolated US defends on US President on Jerusalem at the UN

The Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their future state.

The international community does not recognise the ancient city as Israel's capital, insisting the issue can only be resolved in negotiations.

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