TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – An Iranian Armenian religious leader and the country’s Armenian lawmakers have decried the controversial decision by the US president to recognize al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the new capital of the Israeli regime.

In a statement on Saturday, the Armenian Orthodox prelate of the diocese of Tehran, Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, denounced Trump’s decision as a “wrong and cruel” move that is unacceptable to the followers of Christianity and Islam.

The holy city of Quds, the cradle of monotheistic religions, will remain as an indispensable part of Palestine, he said, warning that Trump’s move undermines efforts to establish peace and safeguard the rights of Palestinians to gain independence.

Moreover, two Iranian Armenian parliamentarians, Karen Khanlari and Jorjik Abramian, condemned the US decision to relocate its embassy to Quds as a move against international regulations and historical and political facts.

They also warned that the move by the US administration has been induced by the international Zionism.

Trump declared on December 6 that his administration would begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the city of Quds.

Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.