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US embassy move would 'end peace process': PLO official

AFP  |  Sweimeh (Jordan) 

Moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to would end the peace process between and the Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official said today.

"We believe that moving the to would mean the end of the peace process," Saeb Erekat, second-in- command of the Liberation Organisation (PLO), said days ahead of a visit to the region by US President Donald Trump.

Trump promised during his campaign to move the to Jerusalem, whose status is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The new to David Friedman, who took up office on Monday, has also backed the move.

There has been no movement so far on the pledge which would break with decades of American policy on the city, home to some of the holiest sites in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Palestinians and the Arab world fiercely oppose such a move which the international community has warned could spark fresh unrest.

"I hope that would give us a chance," Erekat said at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa at the Jordanian Dead Sea resort of Sweimeh.

"He said... He will not impose solutions on us or on the Israelis," Erekat said. "(But) the fact that he is going to move the embassy is imposition, is dictation."

Erekat said a Palestinian state without east as its capital would have "no meaning".

occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed the east of the city in a move never recognised by the international community.

Trump, who arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday on his first foreign tour since taking office, is set to visit Israel on Monday and the occupied Palestinian territories on Tuesday.

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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 20:02 IST