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Tillerson: Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem Might Take Years

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By    |   Friday, 08 December 2017 05:28 PM

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will probably take several years, the Times of Israel reported.

His remarks may have been aimed at calming the fury of Palestinians over President Donald Trump's declaration on Thursday, the outlet reported.

"This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year but the president does want us to move in a very concrete, very steadfast way to ensure the embassy is located in Jerusalem when we're able to do so, at the earliest possible time," Tillerson said after talks in Paris with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, the Times of Israel reported.

Tillerson pointed out the United States needed to acquire a site, develop plans, receive congressional authorization for the spending, "and then actually building the embassy." And he said the move wasn't intended to prejudge the outcome of future peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

"The president in his statement… did not indicate any final status for Jerusalem," Tillerson said, adding: "In fact, he was, I think, very clear that the final status, including the borders, would be left to the parties to negotiate and decide."

Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with a "day of rage," with protesters taking to the streets on Friday to object to the move; according to the Times of Israel, an estimated 3,000 Palestinians held demonstrations and clashed with Israeli security forces at some 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza Strip after midday prayers.

One Palestinian was reported killed in clashes at the Gaza border, while over 200 suffered injuries, most of them light, in violent West Bank protests, the outlet reported.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will probably take several years, the Times of Israel reported.
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