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PM: Australia "open" to recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Sydney (dpa) - Australia is "open" to shifting recognition of Israel‘s capital to Jerusalem while still being committed to a two-state solution, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday.

"We are committed to a two-state solution and nothing has changed, but we need to be open-minded about how we achieve this," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

He said no decision had been made to move Australia‘s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but he said arguments in favour of such a move were "persuasive."

Morrison said there had been no discussion on the matter with the United States which has already moved its embassy to Jerusalem.

Morrison also announced a review of the Iran nuclear agreement to see if it is achieving its objectives.

The announcement of the change in government attitude comes as the government faces a Saturday by-election in the wealthy Sydney harbourside seat that was held by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The seat contains the largest concentration of Jewish voters in the country, and the government candidate David Sharma is a former ambassador to Israel who proposed the shift in policy to Morrison.

The government needs to hold on to the seat to keep its one-seat majority, but faces a strong challenge from an independent.

"When people say sensible things, I think it‘s important to listen to them - and particularly when they have the experience of someone like Dave Sharma," Mr Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

"We are committed to a two-state solution, but frankly it hasn‘t been going that well, not a lot of progress has been made.

"You don‘t keep doing the same thing and expect different results."

Morrison also said Australia would vote against the Palestinian Authority being recognised in the United Nations as the chair of the G77 group of developing nations


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