Palestine's Abbas calls US' Jerusalem decision the 'greatest crime'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital was a crime which showed that Washington should no longer play a role in Middle East peace talks.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was unacceptable for the US to have a role in the Middle East peace.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said it was unacceptable for the US to have a role in the Middle East peace.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday (Dec 13), the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was the "greatest crime" and a flagrant violation of international law.

"Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of Palestine," he told an emergency meeting of Muslim leaders in Turkey. He said the United States was giving away Jerusalem as if it were an American city.

"It crosses all the red lines," he said.

Abbas said it was unacceptable for the United States to have a role in the Middle East peace process because it was biased in favour of Israel.