Published: 2018-01-28 17:41
Last Updated: 2018-01-28 17:41
King Abdullah reassured on Sunday his support for establishing a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, showing differences with the U.S. President Donald Trump on a central issue in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The speech was during a meeting with the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
The king serves as custodian of a major Muslim memorial in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, which is the city Palestinians want as their capital.
Trump has announced earlier in December he will be moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and had recognized Jerusalem as an Israeli capital.
The highly controversial step sounded contradicted to earlier announcements that the boundaries of sovereignty in Jerusalem are not finalized.
Abdullah told Steinmeier that “we do believe in a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as the capital for the Palestinians.”