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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 09:29 GMT

Palestine criticizes UK for its plans to build embassy in Jerusalem


(MENAFN) A recent pledge made by British Prime Minister Liz Truss to Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid has been denounced as "immoral, illegal, and irresponsible" by the head of the Palestinian representation in London. Truss' promise to "examine" the site of the UK embassy in Israel sparked the outrage.

Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian diplomat, who heads the mission to the UK and works as an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, referred to it “extremely unfortunate” that the British prime minister used “her first appearance at the UN” to “commit to potentially breaking international law.”

When the two met earlier this week on the margins of the UN General Assembly, Truss informed Lapid about a "examination of the existing site" of the British diplomatic mission, according to a statement from Downing Street.

Lapid then plauded the British prime minister for “positively considering moving the British Embassy to Jerusalem” in a post on Twitter on Thursday. The news drew the ire of the Palestinian authorities. “Any embassy move would be a blatant violation of international law [and] the UK's historic responsibilities,” Zomlot stated in a series of fiery tweets.

The ambassador said that such acts would jeopardize the two-state solution and cause tensions to rise in Jerusalem and even in the UK. The date of the "review" has not yet been addressed by the British authorities.

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