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January 22, 2018 9:08 am

EU Reiterates Support for Future Palestinian Capital in Eastern Jerusalem

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

European High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini shakes hands with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Brussels, Belgium, Jan. 22, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Yves Herman.

The European Union’s foreign policy chief assured Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting in Brussels on Monday that the EU supported his ambition to establish the capital of a future Palestinian state in eastern Jerusalem.

Abbas in return repeated his call for eastern Jerusalem as capital as he urged EU member nations to recognize a Palestinian state immediately, claiming that this would not disrupt negotiations with Israel on a peace deal.

Federica Mogherini, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel, called on those involved in the peace process to speak and act “wisely,” with a sense of responsibility.

Abbas made no reference to Trump’s move on Jerusalem or to comments on the issue made on Monday in Jerusalem by US Vice President Mike Pence.

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