Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Saudi king to Trump: Jerusalem embassy move a 'dangerous step'

Saudi king to Trump: Jerusalem embassy move a 'dangerous step'

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Tuesday said that any United States move on Jerusalem is going to provoke Muslim feelings around the world.

Amid a frantic round of telephone diplomacy, Trump told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah of his "intention" to relocate the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, but crucially did not give a time-frame.

"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.

US President Donald Trump called King Salman to inform him of his decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

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 MOFA went on convey that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would view the step, if taken, as a contradiction to immutable global resolutions that emphasize the rights of the Palestinian People to Jerusalem.

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.

The movement called on the global community to work to undermine the "frenzied" USA plan.

Trump notified Abbas "of his intention to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem", Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said. Sissi's spokesperson Bassam Radhi said Egypt's leader told Trump the Egyptian position is "to maintain the legal status of Jerusalem in the framework of worldwide... decisions".

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

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

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

Experts think the potential fallout from recognition of Jerusalem will further complicate not only Turkey-Israel relations, by obstructing the ongoing efforts for rapprochement process, but will also have serious repercussions throughout the region.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has courted Israeli investors and moved to establish a relationship with the country, which was labeled an "apartheid regime" by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

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