US not taking sides in dispute over al-Quds: Haley
Nikki Haley, the United States Aambassador to the United Nations, has claimed that the US is not taking sides in the dispute over east al-Quds, after President Donald Trump has officially declared the city as Israel's capital.
According to Press TV, in a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.
Haley said that Trump did not mention east al-Quds in his announcement and said it will be up to Israelis and Palestinians during peace talks to determine the fate of the disputed parts of the city.
“That’s for the two sides to decide,” Haley told CNN on Wednesday. “That’s not for the United States to decide.” “We don’t want to pick a side on this,” she added.
East al-Quds was occupied in 1967 and Zionist regime later annexed it despite international condemnations. The occupied city's final status is one of the thorniest issues in the stalemated talks between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv.
Claiming all of al-Quds as its "eternal and indivisible" capital, Israel annexed the eastern part, where a number of sites sacred to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, are located, following the 1967 Six-Day War.
The annexation is in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 242 and has never been recognized by the international community.
Trump in his Wednesday’s announcement said he would move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, but also signed a six-month waiver delaying the move.