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‘EU position on Jerusalem remains unchanged’

December 15, 2017 at 2:57 am

The European Union (EU) on Thursday underlined its “unchanged” stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict, reiterating its support for a two-state solution.

“EU leaders reiterate firm commitment to the two-state solution and, in this context, the EU position on Jerusalem remains unchanged,” Donald Tusk, the president of European Council, said in his twitter account on Thursday while the EU leaders summit continues in Brussels.

On 6 December, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

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The shift in longstanding US policy on Jerusalem sparked angry demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and in several Muslim countries.

An extraordinary Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul and final declaration of East Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital came in response to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate Washington’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem – now occupied by Israel – might eventually serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.