Published On: Tue, Dec 5th, 2017

Abbas’s Office: “Trump Informed the Palestinian President of His Intention to Transfer US Embassy to Jerusalem”

According to Abbas's spokesman, the Palestinian president warned Trump on the phone from the implications of the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem

 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday informed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he intends to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem, Abbas’s spokesman said.

Nabil Abu Rudaina, Abbas’ spokesman, said that “the Palestinian president warned in a conversation about the implications of the decision on the peace process, security and stability in the region and around the world.”

Abbas’s spokesman added that “the Palestinian position is stable and stable – there will be no Palestinian state without East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the decisions of the international community.”

At this hour Abbas is convening an urgent consultation in his office following the telephone conversation with President Trump.

Earlier, Trump also spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and King Abdullah of Jordan ahead of a declaration of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Prime Minister’s Bureau instructed ministers in the cabinet not to mention the transfer of the embassy at the request of the Americans.

A wave of warnings from diplomats around the world erupted following the US president’s expected announcement of unilateral American recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. German Foreign Minister Ziegmar Gabriel said Germany would have to “clarify to its members what its limits of solidarity are.”

European Union foreign minister Federica also said that “Jerusalem should be the capital of both countries.” “We believe that no action should be taken to undermine the efforts that will lead to a peace process, at the end of which Jerusalem will be the future capital of both states.”

Earlier in the day, a diplomatic spat broke out between Israel and Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Jerusalem issue could bring an end to the diplomatic ties between the two countries. Turkey has warned the United States that recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a “red line” for Muslims, and the protest against the two moves that US President Donald Trump is considering is moving the embassy to Jerusalem and declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

In a meeting with journalists this evening, Fatah Central Committee member Dr. Muhammad Ashtiyeh said that any decision that would harm the status of Jerusalem in terms of the Palestinians would end the role of the United States, As a sponsor of the political process.

Messages Turkey and the Palestinian leadership are joining the growing opposition to Trump’s expected moves.

French President Emmanuel Macaron, speaking on the telephone with the US president, said that France was concerned about the possibility of unilaterally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that 25 former Israeli ambassadors, academics and peace activists sent an urgent letter to US envoy Jason Greenblatt. Expressed opposition to a possible public recognition by the US president of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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