Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump not going to Jerusalem for USA embassy opening: White House

Trump not going to Jerusalem for USA embassy opening: White House

The White House announced the official delegation to the opening on Monday, to be led by John Sullivan, deputy secretary of state. Whilst Trump's attendance at the event is still unconfirmed, his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both top advisors to the present, are expected to make an appearance.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat hangs a street sign.

The President of the United States Donald trump did not rule out that attending the ceremony.

The embassy will be officially relocated from Tel Aviv on May 14, upgrading the status of an existing USA consulate in southern Jerusalem.

"This is not a dream".

The move overturns decades of worldwide consensus on Jerusalem, a highly contested city, half of which was occupied and annexed by Israel following the 1967 War.

The last round of peace talks on a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip collapsed in 2014.

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital. The Palestinian leadership and most of the worldwide community consider East Jerusalem as occupied territory and the future capital of a sovereign Palestinian state.

The US will open its embassy in its current consulate in the capital's Arnona neighborhood on May 14.

The first road signs directing people to the upcoming U.S. Embassy officially went up in Jerusalem.

Neither Trump nor US Vice-President Mike Pence will attend the opening, the White House confirmed Monday.

On December 2, 2017, US President Donald Trump had formally announced the US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing almost seven decades of American foreign policy and ordered for the relocation of the US embassy.

Last month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at least half a dozen countries are considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem, and pledged "preferential treatment" to the first 10 countries to do so.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has said his country's embassy will move to Jerusalem on May 16.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April that "at least half a dozen" countries were now "seriously discussing" following the USA lead, but he did not identify them.

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