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Palestinian Authority PM expresses concern new UK PM could move embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh holds a briefing with foreign press at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah, November 10, 2021. (Abbas Momani/AFP)

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh expresses concern that new British Prime Minister Liz Truss may move the UK embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In comments at a cabinet meeting reported by the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, Shtayyeh stresses “that any such step will be considered a flagrant violation of international law and of the historical responsibility of Britain — the country behind the infamous and illegal Balfour Declaration — which caused and continues to be responsible for the tragedy of the Palestinian people.”

Shtayyeh also says that “any change in the status quo in Jerusalem would undermine the two-state solution” and would exclude the UK “from any future international efforts to bring an end to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”

Last month, Truss, a strong supporter of Israel, told Prime Minister Yair Lapid that she is considering a relocation of the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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