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'Sad' Saudi royals label Trump ‘irresponsible’ and blast US for 'violating peace process'

December 7, 2017 12:49 AM
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'Sad' Saudi royals label Trump ‘irresponsible’ and blast US for 'violating peace process'

SAUDI Arabia’s royals have accused Donald Trump of being “irresponsible” over his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, in a statement.

The US President reversed a decades old US policy on Israel as he announced yesterday the American embassy will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but Saudi Arabia claimed it “represents a bias against the rights of the Palestinian people”.

The controversial move has sparked international condemnation from the Palestinians, the UK, Turkey and other nations.

Now the Saudi royal court has released a statement describing the announcement as a “big step back in efforts to advance peace process”, adding it “violates US neutral position regarding Jerusalem”.

The royal court also expressed “deep sorrow” over Trump’s decision, which Saudi Arabia described as unjustified.

Speaking at the White House yesterday, the President said his announcement was nothing more than a "recognition of reality and the right thing to do, something that has to be done".

He confirmed that the US will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel after days of speculation.

And he directed the State Department to begin looking for a site for an embassy in Jerusalem, in a move from their existing site in Tel Aviv - a process which is expected to take years, although Trump has signed a six-month delay to the move.

He also said he would remain deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement acceptable to both Israelis and Palestinians despite his announcement, adding "the United States would support a two state solution if agreed to by both sides".

Theresa May has condemned Trump’s decision as “unhelpful' as she vowed the UK's embassy will remain in Tel Aviv.

Mrs May said: "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement.

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