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USA: Israel

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have raised with the government of the United States the decision announced by the United States' Secretary of State in October 2018 to merge the United States Consulate General in Jerusalem into the new United States Embassy; and when they estimate the creation of a single United States diplomatic mission in Jerusalem to take place.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​We are aware of the United States' decision to merge their Embassy in Jerusalem with the US Consulate General Jerusalem and understand the merger will take place at the beginning of March. We have been clear that we disagree with the US' decision to move its Embassy in Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. We have no plans to change our diplomatic representative to either Israel or the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The UK remains committed to achieving a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital.

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