With Vice Pence Mike Pence looking on, U.S. President Donald Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem, during which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. RE With Vice Pence Mike Pence looking on, U.S. President Donald Trump gives a statement on Jerusalem, during which he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., December 6, 2017. RE

UPDATE: Trump asserts commitment to lasting peace

Wed, Dec. 6, 2017
CAIRO - 6 December 2017: "It is the headquarters of many government ministries. For many years, visiting American diplomats met their Israeli counterparts in Jerusalem… It is now the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world," U.S. President Donald Trump has stated during his speech Wednesday.

"Through all of these years, presidents representing the United States have refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Today, we acknowledge that Jerusalem is the Israeli capital. It is the right thing to do. It is something that has to be done," Trump continued.

Trump has asserted that this decision does not in any way represent a departure from efforts to establish a lasting peace in the region.

"The U.S. would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides," he affirmed, adding that the question of the Israeli borders, including in Jerusalem, are up the the parties concerned.

“I affirm my administration’s longstanding commitment to peace,” Trump said. He emphasized the controversial step will lead to "different or better results," and that it is a "necessary condition" to achieve peace.
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