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Saudis slam Trump's 'irresponsible' Jerusalem move

AFP  |  Riyadh 

today slammed US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise as Israel's capital, calling the move "unjustified and irresponsible".

Trump ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of the disputed city, prompting an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East.


He also kicked off the process of moving the from Tel Aviv to

"The kingdom expresses great regret over the US president's decision to recognise as the capital of Israel," said a Saudi royal statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.

The decision goes against the "historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people", the royal said, calling on Trump to reconsider his decision.

"The kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move," the statement said.

"The US move represents a significant decline in efforts to push a peace process and is a violation of the historically neutral American position on "

Saudi King Salman on Tuesday had warned Trump that moving the for to was a "dangerous step" that could rile Muslims worldwide.

Trump's announcement appears to have cast a pall over relations between and the US, which have warmed in the months after his election, with the president choosing the Gulf kingdom for his first overseas visit in May.

While the two countries have long been allies, Riyadh viewed Trump's predecessor Barack Obama as overly friendly with its arch-nemesis Iran.

and have no official diplomatic relations.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 07:30 IST
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