CAIRO, (Xinhua) --
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on
Wednesday rejected the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. embassy to the disputed
His remarks came
during a phone call he received from Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the U.S. decision announced Wednesday
by President Donald Trump, Egyptian presidential spokesman
Bassam Rady said in a statement.
Sisi and Abbas
discussed possible repercussions of the U.S. step in light of
its violation of international resolutions on the legal status
of Jerusalem, a holy city for Muslims, Jews and Christians.
Trump announced that he formally recognizes Jerusalem as
Israel’s capital, while ordering to immediately begin the
process of relocating the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem lies at
the core of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Trump’s
controversial move is expected to enrage the Muslim world, which
has already warned of serious consequences.
While Israel took
over East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war and declared the
whole city as its eternal indivisible capital in 1980, it has
not been recognized by the international community.
insist that they should establish an independent state with East
Jerusalem as its capital in the final settlement.
Under the previous
Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, the status of Jerusalem should
be determined through the final-status talks between Israel and
the Palestinians. All countries, including the U.S., have so far
located their embassies in Tel Aviv, in order to advance the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
predecessors halted the relocation of the U.S. embassy to
Jerusalem despite the passage of a law by U.S. Congress in 1995
to do so, citing it could derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace
There has been
rising concern in Israel that the American recognition would
lead to a fresh round of violence between Israel and the
Palestinians, who are already despaired with the peace process
stalled since 2014 due to Israel’s policy to expand settlements
in the Palestinian territories.