Friday, February 3, 2017

Jordan's King warns Trump against embassy move

Jordan's King Abdullah warned U.S. President Donald Trump against relocating the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in their meeting in Washington on Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing the Jordanian state news agency.

According to the report, the Jordanian King told Trump that moving the embassy could threaten the two-state solution and have a detrimental effect on the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict.

The White House said the two enjoyed a "good conversation" on a range of regional issues, but did not mention the issue of the embassy relocation.

The Jordanian news agency Petra reported that Trump and the Jordanian King “underlined the importance of boosting the strategic ties between the two countries and working together to fight terrorism.”

The news agency also said the two discussed the peace process between the Palestinians and Israelis but did not provide details.

Moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in recognition of Jerusalem being Israel’s capital was a central campaign promise of Trump’s.

While Israel has welcomed the move, it has been met with anger among Palestinian Authority (PA) officials. READ MORE