Saudi Arabia warns that US announcement on status of Jerusalem could jeopardise Middle East peace process

A formal US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would be the 'kiss of death' to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Palestine Liberation Organisation's chief representative in Washington said on Monday.
Any US announcement on the status of Jerusalem before a final settlement is reached in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would hurt the peace process and heighten regional tensions, said Saudi Arabia.
Any US announcement on the status of Jerusalem before a final settlement is reached in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would hurt the peace process and heighten regional tensions, said Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia said on Monday (Dec 4) any US announcement on the status of Jerusalem before a final settlement is reached in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would hurt the peace process and heighten regional tensions.

"Any US announcement on the status of Jerusalem prior to a final settlement would have a detrimental impact on the peace process and would heighten tensions in the region," Saudi Ambassador Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a statement.

"The kingdom's policy - has been - and remains in support of the Palestinian people, and this has been communicated to the US administration."