In a statement on Thursday, Qassemi slammed Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa for terming Jerusalem al-Quds a “side issue”, saying the Bahraini foreign minister makes such remarks to appease the American and Zionist rulers.
“It is so regrettable that an Arab and Muslim country refers to a seven-decade-old wound on the injured body of Muslim world as a ‘side issue’, and is still unable to understand the most simple issues of the world in such an unwise way,” he noted.
Qassemi went on to say that such cheap and groundless remarks would just destroy and tarnish the reputation and image of Bahrain and its people at the global level.
“Despite all complicated plots and conspiracies and the fabricated threats and crises created by the American-Zionist axis, Palestine has remained the top issue of Muslim world and an inseparable part of it and will remain so until its full liberation,” he added.
“No individual, country, and topic can distract the Muslim society’s attention from this crucial issue,” Qassemi noted.
Qassemi’s remarks came after Bahrain’s foreign minister downplayed as a “side issue” the controversy over US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime, while urging a united front with Washington against what he called “Theo-fascists” Iran.
The Bahraini FM said in an English tweet on Wednesday, “It’s not helpful to pick a fight with the USA over side issues while we together fight the clear and present danger of The Theo-Fascist Islamic republic.”