Pope urges dialogue amid Jerusalem controversy

Pope urges dialogue amid Jerusalem controversy

Trump stated, on Tuesday, that the United States will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but did not mention whether the Middle Eastern country's USA embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to the "new" lead city. numerous speculative reports suggest that the American head of state will establish Jerusalem's only embassy.

The Pope has described Jerusalem as "a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims".

The decision could potentially dismantle 22 years of US foreign policy in the Middle East and would likely enrage Muslims who view Jerusalem as the potential capital of the Palestinian state.

"I would like to make a heartfelt appeal for everyone's commitment to respect the city's status, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions", he said, as quoted by the Vatican Radio, an official broadcaster.

The pope told thousands of people at his general audience: "I can not keep quiet about my deep worry about the situation that has been created in the last few days".

At the meeting, the pope said dialogue between all parties would come only through "recognising the rights of all people", noting that the Holy Land was the "land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind".

Pope Francis made foreign politics the focus of his weekly general audience, pinpointing the highlights of his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh and calling on the global community not to destabilize the current situation in Jerusalem.

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He spoke of having open communication and holding talks between differing religions "and also in civil society".

Prior to his general audience, the Pope met with a Palestinian delegation of religious and intellectual leaders for a scheduled audience, urging dialogue that is respectful of everyone's rights in the Holy Land.

The Vatican and Israel established full diplomatic relations in 1994.

When Francis visited the Holy Land in 2014, he flew directly by helicopter from Jordan to what the Vatican programme called the "State of Palestine" and visited Israel last.

Israel has traditionally always recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital; however, Palestinians claim that the eastern portion of the city is the capital of the future Palestinian state.

The Vatican signed its first treaty with the "State of Palestine" the following year.

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