• EU: Trump's decision on al-Quds to take Mideast to 'even darker times'

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says US President Donald Trump's recognition of al-Quds as the capital of the illegal Zionist entity could take the region "backwards to even darker times."

According to reports, speaking at a press conference in the Belgian capital, Brussels, Mogherini warned that Trump's decision "has a very worrying potential impact."

"It is a very fragile context and the announcement has the potential to send us backwards to even darker times than the ones we're already living in," she added.

Mogherini's comments came one day after Trump officially recognized al-Quds as the "capital" of the Zionist entity and directed his administration to begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.

Trump's move sparked worldwide condemnations with warnings of more tensions in the occupied territories.

The top EU diplomat underlined the need for "an even stronger engagement for peace" at the current difficult time.

"What we truly need in these difficult times is wisdom and to listen to the wise voices calling for peace and peaceful reactions," she said. "The most urgent priority now is that all relevant actors avoid to further escalate tensions on the ground."

Similarly, the Russian Foreign Ministry voiced alarm over Trump's decision, warning that it risked aggravating already complicated Israeli-Palestinian ties and threatened regional security.

"Moscow views the decisions announced in Washington with serious concern," the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"In light of this we call on all involved parties to show restraint and forgo any action that would be fraught with dangerous and uncontrollable consequences," it added.

Moscow further reiterated that the dispute over the status of al-Quds should be resolved through "direct Palestinian-Zionist regime talks".

Additionally, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the recent US move is causing a split in the international community.

Russia's RIA news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying that Moscow would criticize Trump's decision at the United Nations Security Council.

The council is expected to meet on Friday for talks called by more than half its members in response to Trump’s controversial decision.

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Dec 07, 2017 14:12 UTC
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