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Jerusalem should be a shared capital, says U.K FM Boris Johnson

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Jerusalem should ultimately be shared capital of Israeli and Palestinian states, British Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, told his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al-Malki on Monday, a statement from Britain’s foreign office said.

“I reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people and the two-state solution, the urgent need for renewed peace negotiations, and the UK’s clear and longstanding position on the status of Jerusalem,” Johnson said.

“It should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states.”

The U.S. President, Donald Trump on December 8 recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump defied overwhelming global opposition by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but insisted that the highly controversial move would not derail his own administration’s bid to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In a short speech delivered at the White House, Trump directed the state department to start making arrangements to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a process that officials say will take at least three years.

“I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said.

He added that “while previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.

“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.”

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3 Comments

  1. Ezekiel Okeke 8th January 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Nothing on earth will make Jerusalem a divided capital. Jerusalem is undivided capital of Israel- it is irreversible. This is 21st century world.

  2. Appacino 8th January 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Boris Johnson, may be you can go to Jerusalem your self and use tape to measure it yourself and share it among the two of them. You have lost it

  3. ochendo 9th January 2018 at 4:37 am

    Mr foreign minister don’t bother much.a moslem is already the mayor of london.in few year’s to come london will also be a divided capital.in the same london there shall be exclusive moslem enclaves where the state law shall not apply except sharia law.the queen and Buckingham may be no more.there shall be an emir of london.just some years to come.

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