Saudis: Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Is 'Dangerous Step'

Saudis: Moving US Embassy to Jerusalem Is 'Dangerous Step'

"The Kingdom remains committed to a settlement based on the Arab peace initiative of 2002, including East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders", Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman stated.

Amid a frantic round of telephone diplomacy, Trump told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah of his "intention" to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, but crucially did not give a time-frame.

Fatah yesterday called on Palestinians to support Jerusalem as news has circulated that the United States is to announce it the capital of Israel and would move its embassy there, Quds Net reported.

"Such a unsafe step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque", he told Trump in a phone conversation between the two leaders, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

He said that Saudi Arabia has and will continue to support the Palestinian people and their historical rights.

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The statement added: "Jerusalem is the gate to war and peace. Furthermore, the kingdom reaffirms the importance of finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the relevant global resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, so that the Palestinian people can regain their legitimate rights, which will strengthen security and stability in the region".

She said the EU's 28 foreign ministers will jointly discuss the matter with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Brussels on December 11, to be followed by a similar meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas early next year. It was unclear, however, whether he would set a date, according to Reuters.

"Such a decision would be ill-timed and controversial in the sense that provoking tension between the Arab world and Israel will not only undermine USA efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace but also damage the fragile cooperation between Israel and the Gulf countries against Iran", Selin Nasi, an Istanbul-based analyst of Israel-Turkey relations, told Arab News, while noting that Turkey's capacity to prevent the U.S. from recognizing Jerusalem is limited.

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