Egypt rejects U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem: Foreign Ministry

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Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry smiles during his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Cairo, Egypt May 29, 2017. REUTERS

Egypt rejected the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

It added that Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital did not change the city’s legal status.

Trump on Wednesday announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel, and instructed the State Department to begin the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“I am determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Trump, adding he has judged “this cause of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

“This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” he argued, saying his announcement is just a “recognition of reality,” which he thought could be “necessary” to achieve peace.

The European Union and United Nations also voiced alarm at U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and its repercussions for any chances of reviving Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, Reuters reports.