Saudi King Salman warns US against embassy move to Jerusalem

JEDDAH/ANKARA: Saudi King Salman told US President Donald Trump that any decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem before a permanent peace settlement is reached will inflame the feelings of Muslims, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

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

The king asserted to Trump that any American announcement regarding the situation of Jerusalem prior to reaching a permanent settlement “will harm peace talks and increase tensions in the area,” the SPA said.

It quoted King Salman as saying that Saudi Arabia supported the Palestinian people and their historic rights and asserted that “such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque…”

Earlier, the Saudi Cabinet expressed deep concern over such reports.

The step, if taken, will contradict the principle of not affecting ongoing negotiations, the Saudi Cabinet said after the weekly meeting chaired by King Salman.

The Cabinet extended firm support for the Palestinian people in establishing their state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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