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Britain calls for leadership from Trump for Middle East peace

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Briatin's Foreign Secretary on Thursday called for the to show leadership in order to push on with the peace process in the Middle East, after the latter recognised as the capital of

In a statement to the press at the Foreign Office, Boris Johnson said Donald Trump's decision was unhelpful for the peace process but the US had the power to influence the region, Efe news reported.

"I think, this decision having been announced by President Trump, the world would like to see some serious announcements by the US about how they see the Middle East peace process and how to bring the two sides together," said Johnson.

"If we are going to have a move of the US embassy, then let?s also see some moves towards the long overdue resolution of the Middle East peace process," he added.

Johnson said that the US was the "eminent power that can now show leadership," and that he hoped the US administration would present policies and programs "to bring parties together".

The diplomat said the UK government's position had not changed and that the status of had to be determined by an agreement negotiated between and the Palestinians.

He said recognition of as the capital of was "premature".

Trump on Wednesday broke with international consensus in recognizing as the capital of and ordering that the US embassy be moved there from Tel Aviv, an announcement that has been met with criticism from across the globe and led to increased tension in the region.

In making the announcement, Trump turned the US into the only country in the world to recognize as the Israeli capital.



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First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 01:06 IST