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

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

The kingdom, which has vowed to establish relations with Israel, has followed suit with virtually every country in the Muslim world by opposing the controversial decision by Trump.

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.

Earlier, the Saudi Cabinet expressed deep concern over such reports. The kingdom expresses its denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step, as it represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been affirmed by the relevant global resolutions and have been recognised and supported by the worldwide community.

The U.S. needs to "continue its efforts to achieve a just resolution for the Palestinian cause, in line with the Arab Peace Initiative and relevant worldwide resolutions", he noted.

Fatah yesterday called on Palestinians to support Jerusalem as news has circulated that the USA is to announce it the capital of Israel and would move its embassy there, Quds Net reported. "We know what's in the plan", the Times quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, Palestinians have demonstrated unanimous outrage over the move by Trump.

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"Egypt's consistent position on maintaining the legal status of Jerusalem within the framework of global standards and relevant United Nations resolutions", he added.

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.

The plan would see Saudi Arabia play a larger role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by helping Palestinians relocate to other countries as refugees rather than remaining in their ancestral lands.

Erdogan said Turkey would call for an immediate meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which Turkey now chairs, to oppose the move.

Abbas' spokesman told Reuters the PA president also spoke with Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron and "urged them to intervene to prevent" the embassy move.



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