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European Union seriously concerned about Trump's Jerusalem decision

European Union seriously concerned about Trump's Jerusalem decision

Mogherini said, "The focus should therefore remain on the efforts to restart the peace process and avoiding any action that would undermine such efforts".

The remarks by Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, came as President Trump is weighing a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital city - a controversial move that would nearly certainly complicate peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Referring to the two-state solution, she said: "A negotiated two-state solution, which fulfils the aspirations of both sides, is the only realistic way of bringing the lasting peace and security that both Israelis and Palestinians deserve".

Late Monday, Mogherini warned about the possible consequences and "repercussions" which the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital might trigger.

In an earlier telephone conversation with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi on a possible United States announcement on the status of Jerusalem, Mogherini warned of the consequences such a decision would have on public opinion worldwide.

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Trump reversed decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and saying Washington would begin the process of moving its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Under the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, the US must move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, though the president can sign a waiver keeping it in Tel Aviv - a tradition that each president has followed.

Trump was expected to make the announcement Monday, but postponed it amid a wave of public calls and private pleas from world leaders.

Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Several UN resolutions explicitly states that no diplomatic missions be established in Jerusalem.

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