Defying warnings of unrest, Trump recognises Al-Quds as Israel's capital
06/12/2017 20:47, Washington/United States

(TAP) - President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday and recognised Al-Quds as the capital of Israel in defiance of warnings from around the world that the gesture risks creating further unrest in the Middle East.

In a speech at the White House, Trump said his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv to Al-Quds, which is expected to take years.

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said. "While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering."

The Palestinians have said Trump's move would mean the "kiss of death" to the two-state solution, envisaging a Palestinian state in territory - the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Al Quds - that Israel took in 1967.

Ahead of Trump's announcement, Washington's allies in the region warned of dangerous repercussions.

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