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Despite furore over Jerusalem move, Saudis on board with US peace efforts

The Saudi royal court had described Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as "unjustified and irresponsible"

Samia Nakhoul Stephen Kalin & Suleiman Al-Khalidi | Reuters 

Saudi Arabia pulled no punches when it condemned President Donald Trump’s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But Palestinian officials say Riyadh has also been working for weeks behind the scenes to press them to support a nascent US peace plan. Trump reversed decades of US policy on Wednesday with his announcement and instructions to begin the process of moving the embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, despite warnings that it would drive the wedge between Israel and the Palestinians deeper. The Saudi royal court described the decision as “unjustified ...

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First Published: Sun, December 10 2017. 01:17 IST