Trump tells Jordan's King he intends to move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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Tue, 05 Dec 2017 - 05:26 GMT

Jordan's King Abdullah meets US President Donald Trump in Washington. (AFP/Yousef Allan)

Jordan's King Abdullah meets US President Donald Trump in Washington. (AFP/Yousef Allan)

AMMAN - 5 December 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump phoned Jordan's King Abdullah on Tuesday to tell him he intends to proceed with a decision to move the U.S. 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 U.S. efforts to resume Arab-Israeli peace talks. It would also inflame Muslim and Christian feelings, the king added.

U.S. endorsement of Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem as its capital would break with decades of U.S. 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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