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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Trump tells Jordan's King Abdullah he will move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

he will move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump has contacted Jordan's King Abdullah to tell him he intends to proceed with a decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Jordanian palace statement said.


The White House has said Mr Trump will deliver remarks on his decision tomorrow.

King Abdullah was quoted in the Jordanian statement as telling Mr Trump that such a decision would have "dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region" and would obstruct US efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks.

It would also inflame Muslim and Christian feelings, King Abdullah added.

US endorsement of Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would break with decades of US policy that the city's status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The international community does not recognise Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.

King Abdullah warned Mr Trump of the risks of any decision that ran counter to a final settlement of the Arab-Israeli conflict based on the creation of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem.

"Jerusalem is the key to achieving peace and stability in the region and the world," the palace statement said.

The monarch also phoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and said they had to both work together to "confront the consequences of this decision."

King Abdullah's Hashemite dynasty is the custodian of the Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem, making Amman sensitive to any changes of status of the disputed city.

Mr Trump also contacted Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who told him that there was no need to "complicate" matters in the Middle East by moving the Embassy.

In a statement, Mr Sisi cautioned Mr Trump against "taking measures that would undermine the chances of peace in the Middle East."

It said "the Egyptian president affirmed the Egyptian position on preserving the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of international references and relevant UN resolutions."

Saudi Arabia's King Salman also warned Mr Trump that moving the US embassy for Israel to Jerusalem was a "dangerous step" that could rile Muslims worldwide.

"Moving the US embassy is a dangerous step that provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world," state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV quoted King Salman as telling Mr Trump in a phone call.

In a statement, the US State Department said Mr Trump will make a decision on the embassy when he is ready.
 [rte.ie]
 5/12/17

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