Abbas Urges Trump To Drop Embassy Move Pledge
BEIT SAHOUR, Palestinian Territories, Jan 6, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) - Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on Friday warned US President-elect Donald Trump that moving the American embassy to Jerusalem would be crossing a "red line" and could jeopardise peace prospects.
"Any statement or position that disrupts or changes the status of Jerusalem is a red line which we will not accept," he said in a speech, a transcript of which was published by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa.
Trump has said he will move the embassy to Jerusalem and has nominated David Friedman, a bankruptcy attorney, as his ambassador. Friedman supports settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, characterised by successive US administrations as an "obstacle to peace." In a Trump transition team statement last month, Friedman said he wanted to work for peace and looked forward to "doing this from the US embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem".
Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway said last month told a radio channel moving the embassy was a "very big priority" for Trump. Israel captured Arab east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War of 1967 and subsequently annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.