RABAT – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI warned United States President Donald Trump against moving the American embassy to the contested holy city of Jerusalem.
Trump informed Palestinian president Mamud Abbas by phone of his intention to move the embassy from Tel Avi. The Abbas office said on Tuesday.
The Moroccan king expressed his “deep personal concern” and “the great concern felt by Arab and Muslim states and peoples” over moves to recognise the city as Israel’s capital and transfer the US embassy there. The king said in an open letter to the American president.
The monarch wrote as head of 57 member Organisation of Islamic Co-operation’s Al-Quds Committee. They will lobby on issues related to the city, holy to three of the world’s major religions.
“The current step is likely to negatively impact the prospects of a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian-Israel conflict,” said the letter.
The king urged President Trump to avoid anything that could “exacerbate feelings of frustration and disappointment, which are the basis of extremism and terrorism”.
President Trump is said to speak on the status of Jerusalem on Wednesday, that is according to the White House.