Sunak ditches Truss plan to move British embassy to Jerusalem

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Downing Street revealed that Rishi Sunak has abandoned controversial plans by his predecessor to move the UK embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Liz Truss, when she was prime minister, ordered a review of whether the UK should follow the Trump administration in moving the embassy from Tel Aviv.

Asked if the government was still considering a move, a No. 10 spokeswoman said: “It has been looked into. There are no plans to move the British Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv.”

The plan was highly controversial as both Israel and Palestine claim the holy city of Jerusalem as their capital.

Former President Donald Trump’s 2018 decision to move the US embassy sparked violent protests in Gaza amid widespread international concern that it was jeopardizing hopes of a Middle East peace deal.

Ms Truss originally promised a review in a letter to Conservative Friends of Israel during last summer’s Tory leadership contest.

As prime minister he later discussed this with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, when they met on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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