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Merkel 'does not support' Trump's Jerusalem announcement

AFP  |  Berlin 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel "does not support" the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise as Israel's capital, her spokesman said today.

The German "does not support this position because the status of can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution," spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel, for his part, said he feared Trump's decision would lead to a "new escalation in the conflict between and the Palestinians".

The decision will likely throw "fuel on the fire", he told public broadcaster ARD.

"We hope that (our) worries can be... calmed. But this about face is already a big problem."

Trump's decision to recognise as the capital, which marks a major departure from decades of American diplomacy, prompted a wave of condemnations.

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 03:45 IST