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Palestine terms US decision on Jerusalem 'greatest crime'

Published: December 13, 2017 17:14:16 | Updated: December 14, 2017 12:04:23


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, Dec 12, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

The Trump administration’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the “greatest crime” and a flagrant violation of international law, said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.

“Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine,” he told an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey. He said the United States was giving away Jerusalem as if it were an American city.

“It crosses all the red lines,” he said.

Abbas said it was unacceptable for the United States to have a role in the Middle East peace process because it was biased in favor of Israel, reports Ruters.

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