World leaders warn US embassy relocation would escalate Mideast tensions

5/15/2018 8:09:00 AM
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Tehran (KNA) - Both friends and foes of the United States have voiced criticism after Washington relocated its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, saying the controversial move would ignite tensions across the Middle East region.


Britain in a statement on Monday reiterated that the administration of Prime Minister Theresa May had no plans to move its mission to Jerusalem al-Quds and still disagreed with the US decision.

"We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem [al-Quds] and recognize Jerusalem [al-Quds] as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement," a spokesman for May said in the statement.

"The British embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it."

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

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a statement called on the Tel Aviv regime to act with caution in the use of force against Palestinian protesters. 

"France calls again for Israeli authorities to act with caution and restraint in the use of force, which must be strictly proportional," Le Drian said.

He called on Israel “to protect civilians, in particular minors, and Palestinians' right to protest peacefully,” and said, "It is urgent to reinstate the conditions necessary for the pursuit of a peaceful solution in a regional context already marked by high tensions.”

Source: Press TV

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