Published: 2017-12-05 18:56
Last Updated: 2017-12-06 09:51
Officials in the Palestinian Presidency confirmed that US President Donald Trump called his Palestinian counterpart to inform him of his intentions to move embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Abbas warned Trump of the grave consequences of moving US embassy to Jerusalem on peace process and stability in the region and world.
On his turn, Jordan's King Abdullah II also received a call from Trump on Tuesday evening, informing him he intends to move the embassy, according to an official statement made by the Royal Hashemite Court.
The king warned of taking such step that will affect the comprehensive solution to announce the Palestinian State and its capital, East Jerusalem.
He confirmed that Jerusalem is the key to achieve peace in the region and the world.
US president Donald Trump is expected to announce that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the Israeli capital on Wednesday, according to a senior administration official.
The controversial decision is expected to cause widespread outrage, however US officials say it has yet to be confirmed.
This step is expected to fuel anger and violence in the Middle East, following warnings and threats from Arab leaders.
Jordan has meanwhile warned the US against taking such a step, with Foreign Minister Ayman al-Safadi warning the US against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' adviser, Mahmoud Habash, warned that if Trump went ahead with his move, it would amount to “a complete destruction of the peace process.”
“The world will pay the price for any change in Jerusalem’s state,” Habash said, in Abbas’ presence.
Trump had promised during his presidential campaign to move the embassy to Jerusalem and declare it as Israel’s capital, according to the Jerusalem Embassy Act, which was issued in 1995 as a public law of the US. The law was issued to be implemented no later than May 1999.
The law was not implemented due to opposition from Presidents Clinton, Bush, Obama. They have consistently claimed the presidential waiver on national security interests.