Germany: Merkel defends negotiating Jerusalem status in two-state solution

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the status of Jerusalem must be discussed to reach a two-state solution, when speaking from a press conference with Prime Minister of National Accord of Libya Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj, in Berlin on Thursday. At the same press conference, al-Serraj defended restarting negotiations based on the Arab Peace Initiative. «Libya is committed to the Arab peace... Еще initiative, which was announced in the 2002 Arab Summit in Beirut, which stated the establishment of a Palestinian state, and granting it international recognition», he said. He added that, «We reject an unilateral decisions, we see that such decisions threaten the peace process in the region and leads to conflicts that consequences of which will not be good.» Merkel's comments follow US President Donald Trump's announcement that he recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and has started the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv. The decision caused an immediate outrage and fury from Palestinians, with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh calling for a «new intifada» against Israel. Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital while Palestinians demand that annexed East Jerusalem becomes the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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