Palestinians recall US envoy 'for consultations' after Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Leaders deciding on shape of future relationship with US

Jon Sharman
Sunday 31 December 2017 18:40
Mr Trump's decision sparked days of protests
Mr Trump's decision sparked days of protests

The Palestinian Authority has recalled its envoy to the US following Donald Trump‘s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The move will allow for “consultations” over leaders’ future relationship with the US.

Days of protests followed Mr Trump’s announcement, leading to arrests and a number of deaths.

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to call on the US to row back its decision.

Husam Zomlot was recalled by Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Maliki​.

Mr Al-Maliki said discussions would take place “to set the decisions needed by the Palestinian leadership in the coming period regarding our relations with the US.”

Mr Zomlot is expected to return to “his normal work” after the consultation, he added.

Mr Trump’s decision upended decades of US foreign policy and countered an international consensus that the fate of Jerusalem should be determined in negotiations.