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Abbas wants Russia’s help in preventing relocation of US embassy in

Friday, January 13, 2017 7:49
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Abbas wants Russia’s help in preventing relocation of US embassy in Israel
Donald Trump said during his election campaign that if he was elected
president, he would take steps to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
January 13, 16:34 UTC+3
http://tass.com/world/924976

MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has
forwarded a letter to Russian leader Vladimir Putin asking Moscow to
influence Washington so that the US embassy in Israel is not moved to
Jerusalem, Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation
Organization, told reporters on Friday.

“We have received information on the latest statement of [US
President-elect] Donald Trump in which he said that his administration
planned to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,” Erekat said.

“In the letter, which I have handed over [to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey
Lavrov] today, we ask Russia to take steps so that the United States do mot
move its embassy to Jerusalem.”

Jerusalem’s status is one of the key issues related to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Israel took the eastern part of the city
during the 1967 war, the Israeli insist that Jerusalem is their eternal and
indivisible capital while the Palestinians want to make it the capital of
their state.

Donald Trump said during his election campaign that if he was elected
president, he would take steps to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Trump is scheduled to take the oath of office on January 20.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act initiating the relocation of the US embassy to
Jerusalem was passed by the US Congress in 1995. However, then-President
Bill Clinton postponed the implementation of the Act as it could have
heightened tensions in the Middle East. George W. Bush pledged to move the
US embassy to Jerusalem during his election campaign in 2000 but failed to
honor his pledge. The outgoing president Barack Obama has been postponing
the implementation of the Act every six months.



Source: http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=72013

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