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Jerusalem

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Dan Carden Dan Carden Labour, Liverpool, Walton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he received reports that US President Donald Trump is set to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Prime Minister has made clear the UK's position on President Trump's announcement to recognise Jersualem as the capital of Israel. While we disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement, we note the importance of President Trump's clear acknowledgement that the final status of Jerusalem, including the sovereign boundaries within the city, must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. In line with relevant Security Council Resolutions, we regard East Jerusalem as part of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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