A Caribbean Prime Minister says strong resistance from one member State prevented CARICOM from issuing a unanimous statement on US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Speaking on Nationwide at 5 last evening, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves described President Trump’s decision as ill-advised.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines had earlier voted in support of a United Nation’s resolution to reject President Trump’s Jerusalem declaration.
Dr. Gonsalves says before the vote, CARICOM was preparing a unified position rejecting Mr. Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Isreal. But he says one CARICOM member state strongly opposed that position.
The US says it will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Trump administration has also threatened to withdraw US support from those nations that vote in favour of rejecting its declaration on Jerusalem.
But Dr. Gonsalves says Sovereign nations should not be guided by fear or handouts.
He notes that his country has friendly ties with the US. But he says St. Vincent and the Grenadines disagrees with the US’s position on this matter.
Dr. Gonsalves says no country, superpower or not, should trample on the rights of other nations.
Trump’s decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Isreal, has reversed decades of US foreign policy regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
While the US says it’s decision isn’t a threat to the peace process, Palestinian leaders call the move the “Kiss of Death” to the two-State solution.