King Salman warns against embassy move to Jerusalem

Friday, 08 Dec, 2017

"Moving the USA embassy is a unsafe step that provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world", said King Salman during a phone call with Trump.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Tuesday said that any USA move on Jerusalem is going to provoke Muslim feelings around the world.

He said such a move is going to provoke Muslims around the world because of the status of Jerusalem for Muslims as the location of Al- Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim's first Qibla.

King Salman told Trump that any United States decision regarding the status of Jerusalem before a final peace agreement is reached is going to hurt negotiations and increase tension in the region. "Furthermore, the kingdom reaffirms the importance of finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the relevant worldwide resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, so that the Palestinian people can regain their legitimate rights, which will strengthen security and stability in the region".

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Jordan's King Abdallah and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who all received phone calls from Trump on Tuesday, joined a mounting chorus of voices saying that any unilateral U.S. move on Jerusalem could unleash turmoil.

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

Abbas, in response, "warned of the risky 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.

The plan would see Saudi Arabia play a larger role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by helping Palestinians relocate to other countries as refugees rather than remaining in their ancestral lands.

The statement added: "Jerusalem is the gate to war and peace".

American officials said on Friday that US President Donald Trump meant to make the announcement soon in violation of a trend that his predecessors had followed in keeping this issue away from peace negotiations.

Erdogan said Turkey would call for an immediate meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which Turkey now chairs, to oppose the move.

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.