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October 18, 2018 10:38 am

US to Merge Jerusalem Consulate With New Embassy

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Ivanka Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stand next to the dedication plaque at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun.

The United States will merge the US Consulate General, which serves Palestinians, with its new embassy into a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

“This decision is driven by our global efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It does not signal a change of US policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank, or the Gaza Strip.”

“We will continue to conduct a full range of reporting, outreach, and programming in the West Bank and Gaza as well as with Palestinians in Jerusalem through a new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside US Embassy Jerusalem,” Pompeo said.

He said the Trump administration was committed to a peace effort between Israel and the Palestinians.

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December and moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

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