By Laith Junaidi
The relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would undermine Middle East peacemaking efforts, Jordan’s King Abdullah II has warned.
The king began a visit to the U.S. on Monday, becoming the first Arab leader to hold talks with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.
King Abdullah has met with a number of U.S. congressmen, with whom he discussed developments in the Middle East and U.S.-Jordan relations.
Jordan’s official Petra news agency quoted the king as saying that the proposed U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem would undermine prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace and for any eventual two-state solution to the conflict.
“It would have negative repercussions on efforts to achieve security and stability in the region,” he said.
He went on to warn that moving the embassy would “fuel hopelessness and anger [among Palestinians] and give extremists the chance to spread their ideology”.