Palestine, Egypt confer after United States decision on Jerusalem

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Abbas calls for reconciliation to face 'risks'

Abbas says there is no way at this point that the Palestinians can trust the U.S. to be a mediator, saying Trump's move encourages Israel to continue the occupation and expansion of settlements, undermining the two-state solution.

"And President Abbas will not welcome him because of the statements he made" about Jerusalem.

The declaration will not give any legitimacy to Israel in this matter, Abbas said, adding that Jerusalem is eternal Palestinian capital, Xinhua news agency reported.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday spoke with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi by phone to discuss the USA decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency. Rajoub also called for other Arab officials not to meet with Pence.

He is also expected to visit Bethlehem in the West Bank.

The decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital could complicate future peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Israel has long considered Jerusalem its capital, though the worldwide community has declined for decades to recognize the city as such. According to Palestinian officials, the U.S. moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem or recognizing the city as Israel's capital is equivalent to siding with Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem.

Shortly before, Egypt had condemned the USA decision.

On Wednesday, the US president announced his decision - despite widespread opposition across the Middle East - to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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