The United States of America (US) has decided to withdraw from the optional protocol on disputes of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, National Security Adviser John Bolton stated, citing a Palestinian lawsuit challenging America's move to shift its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, for the reason for the aforementioned decision. The announcement was made after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced to terminate the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran stating that "in addition to the Treaty of Amity, I am announcing that the president has decided that the United States will withdraw from the Optional Protocol and Dispute Resolution to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations," Bolton stated.
He further added that, "this is in connection with a case brought by the so-called state of Palestine naming the United States as a defendant, challenging the move of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."
Bolton, however, categorically stated that the US remains a party to the underlying Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, further expecting all other parties to abide by their international obligations under the convention. The US in May established its embassy in Jerusalem under a controversial move spearheaded by President Donald Trump. The move was made amidst a bloodbath on the border with Gaza where Israeli soldiers shot dead (approximately) 52 Palestinians in the deadliest act of violence since 2014. President Trump had announced the decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December, 2017, when he formally recognised the holy city as the capital of Israel, breaking away from the stance of neutrality maintained by US, in the conflict.
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