President Donald Trump has informed Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas of his plans to move the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.
The official Palestinian news agency, WAFA reports that Trump informed Abbas of his decision in a phone call on Tuesday.
Abbas’ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdeneh says his principal warned Trump of the dangers of such a decision to Midle-east peace efforts as well as security and stability in the region and the world.
The statement did not say if Trump told Abbas when he plans to move the embassy.
The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, and have warned they would cease contacts with Washington if Trump makes unilateral decisions about the status of the city.
Jerusalem, home to key Muslim, Christian and Jewish shrines, is the combustible centerpiece of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Meanwhile, the European Union’s top diplomat, Federica Mogherini, has warned that “any action that would undermine” peace efforts to create two separate states for the Israelis and the Palestinians “must absolutely be avoided”.
Mogherini, who was speaking alongside United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on a visit to Brussels, stressed the EU’s support for unlocking meaningful peace talks.
“A way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states,” she said.
Mogherini 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.