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World leaders warn US Jerusalem move fans Mideast tension

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Both friends and foes of the voiced criticism today as opened its embassy in the disputed city of Jerusalem, saying the move would fan tensions.

reiterated its stated objection to the move, while the Iranian of parliament said it showed that US is "feebleminded" and "incapable of evaluating the long-term consequences of his actions".

"Such actions will increase tensions and insecurity in the world," said, adding that they would not go "unanswered".

The ceremony in Jerusalem, where Trump's daughter and her husband officiated, came after Israeli troops put down protests over the move by Palestinians at the border with Israel, killing dozens of civilians.

"We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to and recognise as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement," a for British said.

"The to is based in and we have no plans to move it." Under the 1993 peace accords shepherded by then US Bill Clinton, the status of Jerusalem, including whether East will be the capital of a Palestinian state, was to be agreed in future negotiations.

The British statement added that has "no plans" to move its mission from to Jerusalem, which is holy to three of the world's major religions.

also spoke out against the US move, saying along with many other critics that it violated "unambiguous" international law and resolutions.

Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a visit to London, slammed what he called a "very, very unfortunate" move, saying that it had stripped of its role as in the peace process.

"With its latest step has chosen to be a part of the problem, not a solution, and lost its role in the peace process", Erdogan told the Chatham House international affairs think tank.

"This decision... will increase tensions and ignite an even greater fire between communities," Erdogan said.

Russian reiterated Moscow's objection to the move, saying: "We firmly believe that it is inappropriate to unilaterally revise the decisions of the international community in this way." Lavrov, speaking in after meeting the Russian and the pair's Egyptian counterparts, recalled that "has several times offered a platform" for talks on the status of Jerusalem.

Moroccan wrote in a letter to Palestinian leader that he was "monitoring with concern" the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the MAP agency reported.

The monarch, whose country does not have diplomatic ties with Israel, heads the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's Al-Quds Committee, which lobbies on issues related to Jerusalem.

Like Belgian Didier Reynders, the Moroccan denounced Washington's "unilateral decision".

The Egyptian foreign ministry, in a statement expressing "strong denunciation" of Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians, said "totally supports the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, and first and foremost its right to an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:05 IST
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