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Australia says it will not move embassy to Jerusalem

Editor/Internet Yeni Şafak, Reuters Agency

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said that her country's embassy will continue to provide diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv, ruling out any plans to move its mission to Jerusalem following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of the Holy City as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

"The Australian Government is committed to a two-state solution, whereby the Israeli people and the Palestinian people can live in peace, side by side within internationally recognised boundaries and that remains our foreign policy objective in relation to the issues in Israel with the Israeli state and the Palestinian authority. And we will not be taking steps to move our embassy, it will continue to offer diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv," Bishop said.

Trump announced his decision despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.

During his election campaign last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


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