President Donald Trump told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas over the phone on Tuesday that the U.S. plans to move the its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesman for Abbas said Tuesday.
“President Mahmoud Abbas received a telephone call from U.S. President Donald Trump in which he notified the president (Abbas) of his intention to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Abbas’s spokesman said in a statement, according to Reuters.
However, the statement didn’t specify whether or not Trump elaborated on the timing of the major move.
During the conversation, Abbas “warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security, and stability of the region and of the world,” according to the statement.
Trump has previously promised to move the embassy from Tel Aviv, which the international community recognizes as Israel’s capital. However, the Israeli government considers the country’s capital to be Jerusalem.
Earlier in the year, then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the administration was “at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.” Later adding that “the president has made clear that Israel has not gotten the respect it deserves.”