Saudi king warns Trump against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

Saudi king to Trump: Jerusalem embassy move a 'dangerous step'

"The Kingdom remains committed to a settlement based on the Arab peace initiative of 2002, including East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders", Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman stated.

"Such a risky step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque", he told Trump in a phone conversation between the two leaders, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

King Salman told Trump that any U.S. decision regarding the status of Jerusalem before a final peace agreement is reached is going to hurt negotiations and increase tension in the region.

Meanwhile, Palestinians have demonstrated unanimous outrage over the move by Trump.

King Salman had received a telephone call from Trump about developments in the region and the world.

Trump also spoke with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi on the subject.

Abbas, in response, "warned of the unsafe consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world" and also appealed to the Pope and the leaders of Russia, France and Jordan to intervene.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told his USA counterpart "not to complicate the situation in the region by taking measures that jeopardize the chances of peace in the Middle East".

US President Donald Trump called King Salman to inform him of his decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

None of the leaders' statements said whether Trump, who was also due to talk to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, specified the timing of an embassy move.

In separate conversations with both leaders, Abbas stressed the need for "everyone to protect Jerusalem and its Islamic and Christian holy sites", the official PA news agency Wafa reported.

Under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has courted Israeli investors and moved to establish a relationship with the country, which was labeled an "apartheid regime" by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

An Israeli flag flutters on the roof of a building of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, as the Dome of the Rock is seen in the background, on December 5, 2017. They are republished from a number of sources, and are not produced by MintPress News.

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