Riyadh, Dec 7: Suadi Arabia on Thursday expressed ‘great disappointment’ after US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ordered to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city. In a statement, which was published by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia said Trump’s move will derail peace process on the territorial conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
“The Kingdom expresses its denunciation and deep regret that the (Trump) administration has taken this step, as it represents a great bias against the historic and permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem, which have been affirmed by the relevant international resolutions and have been recognized and supported by the international community,” the statement said.
Saudi Arabia also said the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital shows a shift in US’s ‘historically impartial position with regard to the issue of the holy city, which will further complicate the Palestinian -Israeli conflict. Suadi Arabia further hopes that the US administration will reverse its action and support the international will to enable the Palestinian people to regain their legitimate rights, said the statement.
“The Kingdom reaffirms the importance of finding a just and lasting solution to the Palestinian cause in accordance with the relevant international resolutions, and the Arab Peace Initiative, so that the Palestinian people can regain their legitimate rights, which will strengthen security and stability in the region,” reads the statement.
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had warned Trump that moving the US embassy for Israel to Jerusalem was a “dangerous step” that could rile Muslims worldwide. “Moving the US embassy is a dangerous step that provokes the feelings of Muslims around the world,” state-run Al- Ekhbariya TV quoted King Salman as telling Trump in a phone call.