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EU denounces touted US embassy move to Jerusalem

January 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

The current US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel [David Jones/Flickr]

The EU Foreign Affairs chief Federica Mogherini has denounced a touted US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying it “would have serious consequences on the entire peace process and regional stability.”

Mogherini made her remarks during a meeting with the Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki on the sidelines of the second regional forum of the Union for the Mediterranean held in Barcelona, Spain.

Mogherini stressed that she is making all efforts to communicate the risks of such a move to the Trump administration and the Israeli government alike.

She has also stressed her full support towards achieving full partnership agreement between Palestine and the European Union.

Al-Malki urged the commissioner to make all efforts to prevent the Israeli government from implementing its decisions to annex the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim to East Jerusalem, already under illegal Israeli occupation.

A statement by the Palestinian foreign ministry yesterday said Al-Maliki also asked for the EU to support Palestine politically in order to achieve growth, prosperity and stability in the region.

Al-Maliki warned that the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem would have disastrous consequences for the region in particular and the world in general.

Mogherini said that the EU will not transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and will remain committed to UN Security Council resolutions.

European Union foreign ministers have warned that US President Donald Trump’s plans to move the US mission to Jerusalem would “inflame tensions with the Arab world.”