Palestinian President warns US of moving embassy to Jerusalem

Mahmoud Abbas (L) made the comments after meeting Pope Francis for the third time

BBC – Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has warned that peace could suffer if President-elect Donald Trump carries out plans to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He spoke at the inauguration of the Palestinian embassy to the Holy See, after meeting Pope Francis.

The Vatican recognised Palestinian statehood a year and a half ago.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive and complex issues of the entire Middle East conflict.

Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state but Israel proclaims the entire city as its capital.

On Sunday, France is hosting an international conference in Paris to try to kick-start peace talks between the two sides.

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