Jerusalem status: 'Concerned about possible escalation of tension,' says China

Israel had captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and later annexed it, an action not recognized internationally. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Washington, DC, United States Dec 06, 2017, 09.10 AM (IST)

China said today US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel would lead to "possible escalation of tensions".

Britain which is the principal ally of the United States expressed "concern" and said Jerusalem should be part of the "final settlement between the Israelis 
and the Palestinians" 

Trump is set to announce his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital later tonight, however, a White House official made a prior announcement saying
"He(Trump) will say that the United States government recognizes that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel."

"President Trump views this as a recognition of reality, both historical reality, and modern reality," the official said.

Trump will sign a national security waiver that authorizes him to delay the embassy relocation for now, since the US diplomats do not yet have a building in 
Jerusalem to move into, security arrangements or housing for diplomats, the officials said.

"We are concerned about the possible escalation of tensions," China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, adding,"All relevant parties should bear regional peace and tranquility in mind, be cautious in words and deeds, avoid impacting the foundation for the settlement of the issue of Palestine, and avoid causing new confrontation in the region." 

Turkey's deputy prime minister Bekir Bozdag said, "The recognition will throw the region and the world into a fire and it's not known when it will end," adding,"Jerusalem is the red line for Muslims."

Leaders across the world from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, the European Union, France, Germany, and Turkey warned Trump against the move in a series of phone calls in the past 48 hours.

The White House said Trump had also spoken with Israeli PM Netanyahu, a longtime proponent of a US embassy move to Jerusalem.

Israel had captured Arab East Jerusalem in the 1967 war and later annexed it, an action not recognized internationally.