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EU warns of ‘consequences’ if Trump moves embassy to Jerusalem

European Union foreign ministers have come out in opposition to any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, and are warning that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world.

“It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says after chairing talks in Brussels.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council in Brussels on January 16, 2017. (AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, left, talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council in Brussels on January 16, 2017. (AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

“We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she says.

Mogherini declines to say what consequences could be considered as no formal decision has been made to move the embassy.

She also says the EU will not follow Trump’s lead.

“We will for sure not move our delegation. That is in Tel Aviv,” Mogherini says.

— AP

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