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Trump tells Jordan’s king he intends to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

An Israeli border policemen guards the US Embassy in Tel Aviv as other Israelis line up for U.S. visas. (File photo: AP)

US President Donald Trump phoned Jordan’s King Abdullah on Tuesday to tell him he intends to proceed with a decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a Jordanian palace statement said.

King Abdullah was quoted in the statement as telling 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, the king 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 recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 5 December 2017 KSA 20:28 - GMT 17:28
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