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Arab diplomats have urged British Prime Minister Liz Truss to not move UK.’s embassy to Jerusalem, says media report

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Last month, Truss told her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly,  that she is considering moving the British embassy to Jerusalem.

According to a report in The Guardian, Arab ambassadors in London have sent a letter to the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss urging her to scrap what they described as “an illegal and ill-judged” plan to move Britain’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to the report, some Arab diplomats have warned that such a move could jeopardize negotiations on a free trade deal between the United Kingdom and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which is slated to be completed this year.

While the report noted that numerous Arab nations were expected to oppose the prospective move, it emphasized that both the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which two years ago normalized relations with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords, also endorsed the letter to Truss.

Last month, Truss told her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly,  that she is considering moving the British embassy to Jerusalem.

A British government spokeswoman said Truss had told Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel.”

Truss, who was the Foreign Minister in the previous government led by Boris Johnson, pledged during the Conservative Party leadership contest in August to review moving the embassy, adding that she was aware of “the importance and sensitivity” that surrounded the legation’s location.

In May 2018, the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a year after President Donald Trump announced that he would move it to the Israeli capital from Tel Aviv.

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