Jordan warns Trump against Jerusalem recognition


AMMAN: Jordan has warned of “grave consequences” if US President Donald Trump decides to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, state media said. Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi told his US counterpart Rex Tillerson by phone Sunday (Monday in Manila) that it was “necessary to preserve the historical and legal status of Jerusalem and refrain from any decision that aims to change that status,” official Petra news agency said. Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East peace envoy Jared Kushner said Sunday that the president was close to a decision on whether to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian leaders are lobbying desperately against such a move, which Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit said would boost fanaticism and violence while sinking hopes for peace. On Monday, Trump must decide whether to sign a legal waiver that would delay plans to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for another six months. Every US president has done this since 1995, judging the time not ripe for such a move, and Trump is expected to begrudgingly do so for a second time this week.



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