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Israeli PM calls on world to follow US to move embassies to Jerusalem

IANS  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli on Sunday called on world leaders to follow the US and relocate their embassies to

Speaking during a reception of a US diplomatic delegation in Jerusalem, thanked the US for the relocation, which will take place on Monday.

"There is no greater supporter of on the earth," he said. "We are eternally grateful."

He called on other countries to follow the US move, saying that "in any peace that you could possibly imagine, will remain as Israel's capital."

He also thanked the leaders of and for their decisions to move their embassies to

According to Netanyahu, other countries are expected to announce similar decisions soon. "We will not say whom because that is a state secret," he said.

The delegation is led by US Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, his and and Steven Mnuchin, reports

US said at the welcoming ceremony that Trump's decision to relocate the embassy was "essential to creating a roadmap for peace in the region."

A total of 86 in were invited to the opening ceremony of the on Monday, while 40 of them accepted the invitation.

Four European countries -- Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, and -- have confirmed their participation in the US move while the opposes the relocation.

Thousands of police officers were deployed throughout Jerusalem over fear of Palestinian protests and riots.

Additionally, Police officers will stand in "human wall" between the neighbourhood of Arnona, where the new embassy is located, and the Palestinian Sur Baher.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 07:52 IST