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Trump touts “big week ahead” for new Jerusalem embassy opening

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump late Friday welcomed the upcoming opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem next week.

“Big week next week when the American Embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem. Congratulations to all!” Trump tweeted late Friday. A dedication ceremony for the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem will be held May 14. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan will lead a delegation, which includes Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Special Representative Jason Greenblatt and the president’s daughter and son-in-law Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who also serve as senior advisers to Trump. Late last year, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and ordered to embassy relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move sparking international outrage particularly from the Palestinian Authority, amid concerns the move prejudges the outcome of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations over the future status of the contested city.

The Trump administration has repeatedly disputed this and asserted it was continued commitment to facilitate a lasting and comprehensive peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders,” according to the State Department late Friday. Earlier in the month, Trump had suggested he might attend the opening ceremony. But senior officials say he will instead give a video address.

Source: Kuwait News Agency