Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Lavrov: Transfer of US Embassy to Jerusalem stalled settlement negotiations

Lavrov: Transfer of US Embassy to Jerusalem stalled settlement negotiations

Those talks have been frozen since 2014.

On Monday, the official dedication ceremony will be held in the new USA consulate-turned-embassy in Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood.

"This is the way in which Jerusalem returns love to the president and residents of the United States who stand by the state of Israel", the mayor said in a press release that The Jerusalem Post reported. It will also feature U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, senior adviser to the president Jared Kushner, the president's daughter Ivanka Trump and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

Israel Police have been laying the groundwork for security during the embassy move since the date was announced by the White House three months ago, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said in a call with reporters.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told CNN that the embassy move was a "huge mistake" and that the U.S.

Netanyahu said that "under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel's capital".

"We will pray for the boundless potential of the future of the U.S. -Israel alliance, and we will pray for peace".

Pompeo said he was aware that there could be security concerns for USA embassies and citizens in the region in the coming days.

Israel said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the event, and 33 confirmed attendance.

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Instead of staying away from the embassy opening, all those who truly seek peace should see this as the start of a new era in the ancient city - one in which new possibilities for peace can be explored.

No-show nations withheld comment on Sunday. "Congratulations to all!" Mr Trump tweeted last Friday.

The march has always been the subject of criticism from many on the left, as it involves participants wearing the colors of the Israeli flag and marching through the Old City's Muslim Quarter.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Witnesses said some prostrated themselves in Jewish prayer, violating religious restrictions at the site and sparking scuffled with Muslim worshippers. From there, smaller groups moved closer to the border fence.

The rallies will culminate on May 15, which will mark the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "The Catastrophe".

Since late March, 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli army fire and over 1,700 other wounded in border unrest.

He said the U.S. "is there to help the Palestinians" and "there is no basis" to think the embassy move will work against peace. US consular services, such as issuing visas, will also continue at the Arnona site.

Others in attendance on Monday will be Trump's special representative for worldwide negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

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