Published: 2018-02-01 13:16
Last Updated: 2018-02-01 13:16
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday that Germany will keep its embassy in Tel Aviv until the two-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis is reached.
Gabriel highlighted that moving the German embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would not come before a negotiated solution; the statement was given while addressing an international conference at the institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv.
"Germany is looking forward to the day when it will be able to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. But let me add: in two states with Jerusalem as their capital," he said.
Gabriel underlined that both parties had "legitimate aspirations with regard to Jerusalem", and a solution could only be reached by negotiations.
"We believe this move must come in support of the implementation of a negotiated two-state solution based on the '67 line. Until then we will follow international law regarding the status of the occupied territories," he said.
In a highly controversial step, U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December 2017 that he will be moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and officially recognizing Jerusalem as an Israeli capital.
Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict; Palestinians are still fighting to have East Jerusalem as a capital for a Palestinian State on the 1967 borders, while Israelis are working to have it as a capital for their state.