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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak abandoned plans to move the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. A Downing Street spokesman told foreign journalists at a press briefing on Wednesday that the controversial plan to relocate the embassy had been rejected.
The spokesman said that “there are currently no plans to relocate the embassy.”
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley is known to have strongly warned against relocating the embassy. Palestine Ambassador to London Hussam Zomlot welcomed the news, noting: “The location of the British embassy should not be a top priority.”
Sunak's last-minute reversal came as a blow to the pro-Israel lobbying group CFI's Conservative Friends of Israel.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is concerned about the “potential repercussions of moving the British embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before an agreement will be reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Senior Muslim figures in Jerusalem wrote to King Charles expressing “deep concern”. consequences of the relocation of the embassy. Kuwaiti MP Osama al-Shaheen warned that such a move could undermine a free trade agreement between the UK and representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which should be signed by the end of the year.
Chris Doyle, director of the Council Arab-British Understanding, declared: “Jerusalem's fate must be decided through negotiations leading to a solution involving all parties concerned, Israelis, Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews, and not one single party”
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