European Union warns Trump against recognising Jerusalem as Israeli capital

"The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques asserted to His Excellency the U.S. president that any American announcement regarding the situation of Jerusalem prior to reaching a permanent settlement will harm peace talks and increase tensions in the area", state news agency SPA said.

NAN reports that Saudi Arabia also expressed its concern over media reports that the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy there, Saudi Press Agency reported.

He said such a move is going to provoke Muslims around the world because of the status of Jerusalem for Muslims as the location of Al- Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim's first Qibla.

The kingdom also reiterated its unwavering position on Jerusalem and its firm and lasting support for the Palestinian people in asserting their legitimate rights and establishing an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital, it said. "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". "We know what's in the plan", the Times quoted him as saying.

Trump's call to the Saudi monarch was one of a number he made to Middle East leaders on Tuesday to signal the United States embassy move to the holy city would go ahead.

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The Jordanian monarch told Trump that moving the embassy would have "dangerous repercussions" and would obstruct United States efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to a palace statement.

The statement added: "Jerusalem is the gate to war and peace".

Trump was also scheduled to speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Trump would sign a national security waiver - as have his predecessors - keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv for another six months but would commit to expediting a move.

"You can not take such a step". Many western countries and Arab countries had urged not to shift embassy.



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