By Tyler Durden
Saudi Arabia has issued a formal condemnation of President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and announcement of plans to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to ‘the holy city’ claimed by both Palestinians and Israelis. The Saudi statement was posted to its D.C. embassy website and circulated via diplomatic channels and the kingdom’s social media accounts Wednesday evening.
The kingdom’s condemnation invokes “serious consequences of such an irresponsible and unwarranted step” while expressing its “denunciation and deep regret that the administration has taken this step” while calling on the White House to “reverse this action” which constitutes “a drastic regression in the efforts to move the peace process forward.”
Protests in Gaza from earlier this year. Image source: Reuters via NY Daily News
As expected Trump has already received an immense amount of international push back from world leaders, including major US allies. Among the countries and international bodies which immediately condemned the move are the UK, France, Germany, Canada, Russia, China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, as well as the European Union, Arab League, and others.
The Jerusalem recognition came during a televised address from the White House shortly after 1pm on Wednesday …read more