Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Australian ambassador to Tehran to protest the country’s decision to stop referring to Israeli - annexed East al - Quds as “occupied. ”

On Monday, Director General of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Office for Middle East and North Africa Reza Ameri asked Paul Foley to relay Tehran’s objection to Canberra over the Australian attorney general’s recent stance on the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Earlier this month, Australian Attorney General George Brandis said Canberra would no longer refer to East Jerusalem(al - Quds) as “occupied, ” 47 years after Israel seized al - Quds during the Six - Day War in 1967 and later annexed it. The move has never been recognized by the international community.

The Iranian official also called on the Australian government to review the decision to drop the term “occupied” when referring to illegal Israeli settlements in East al - Quds(Jerusalem).

“Documents and international conventions on Palestine… emphasize the[Israeli] occupation of al - Quds, ” added Ameri.