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Pompeo announces US citizens born in Jerusalem can now list Israel on their passports

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces that “effective immediately,” American citizens born in Jerusalem will now be able to list Israel as the country of birth on their passports.

In a statement, Pompeo says the policy change is “consistent” with US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital and decision to move the American embassy there, but stresses the administration is not taking a position on Jerusalem’s boundaries.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, October 21, 2020. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
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