Moving embassy to Jerusalem “a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world
Arab leaders have warned US President Donald Trump that moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem could have dangerous repercussions.
Mr Trump phoned several regional leaders on Tuesday to tell them he intended to move it from Tel Aviv.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told the US leader that any such move would provoke Muslims around the world.
The calls came amid speculation that Mr Trump could recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.
He is scheduled to deliver remarks and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said he was “pretty solid” in his thinking on the issue.
The city’s fate is one of the thorniest issues between Israel and the Palestinians.
If Washington recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, it would be the first country to do so since the foundation of the state in 1948.
King Salman told Mr Trump that the relocation of the embassy or recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “would constitute a flagrant provocation of Muslims, all over the world”, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
Meanwhile, US government employees and their families have been barred from personal travel in Jerusalem’s Old City and the West Bank for security reasons ahead of planned protests.
In other reaction from leaders who spoke to Mr Trump:
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas “warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world”
Jordan’s King Abdullah said the decision would “undermine efforts to resume the peace process” and provoke Muslims. Jordan acts as custodian of the Islamic sites in Jerusalem
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi urged Mr Trump “not to complicate the situation in the region”…