Australia's foreign minister assured ambassadors from Arab and Islamic countries on Thursday that her government's position on the Palestinian territories had not changed, despite the government changing its description of East Jerusalem from "occupied" to "disputed."

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop hosted the envoys of up to 18 countries accredited in Canberra, including Jordon, Iraq, Iran and Egypt, at her bureau for a meeting she described as "constructive."

She said in a statement that she told them her government's position is consistent with UN resolutions on the Palestinian territories. Australia also remains committed to achieving a just and lasting two-state solution, she said.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had recently sent a letter of clarification to the ambassador of Morocco, whose country heads the Jerusalem Committee of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation, detailing Australia's stance on the matter.