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US warned of ‘dangerous consequences’ of moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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KATHMANDU — Many leaders in the Middle East, including Saudi King Salman, have warned the Unitesd States against moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

Saudi King Salman told US President Donald Trump that any decision to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem before a permanent peace settlement is reached will inflame the feelings of Muslims, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday.

SPA quoted King Salman as saying that Saudi Arabia supported the Palestinian people and their historic rights and asserted that “such a dangerous step is likely to inflame the passions of Muslims around the world due to the great status of Jerusalem …”

Likewise, “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned of the dangerous consequences such a decision would have to the peace process and to the peace, security and stability of the region and of the world,” Nabil Abu Rudeina, the Palestinian president’s spokesperson, said in a statement.

Echoing Abbas’ comments, Jordan’s King Abdullah II also told Trump that such a decision would have “dangerous repercussions on the stability and security of the region”, according to a statement released by the palace.

Similarly, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has also warned the US against moving the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it could jeopardize the peace process in the region.

The decision, if acted upon, would threaten the ‘meaningful peace process’ and the two-state solution, Mogherini said during a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Tuesday.

“We believe that any action that would undermine these efforts must absolutely be avoided,” she stated.

No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, and the international community, including the US itself, does not recognise Israel’s jurisdiction over and ownership of the ancient city.

Israel claims the city as its capital, following the occupation of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan, and considers Jerusalem to be a ‘united’ city while Palestinians have long seen East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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Six including parents of groom killed in Dang road accident

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DANG- Six persons including the parents of a newlywed boy died on the spot after the two vehicles collided head on at Rihar of Lamahi Municipality-9 in Dang district at 1:45 am today.

According to police, a Scorpio Jeep (Ba 12 Cha 3122) heading to Shumshergunj of Banke district from Gitanagar in Chitwan and a bus (Na 5 Kha 4090) on its route to Kathmandu from Mahendranagar collided, killing six people on the spot and injuring two others.

The deceased have been identified as the parents of bridegroom Man Bahadur KC, 53, and Bimala, 45, of Raptisonari Rural Municipality-8 in Banke district, according to the chief of Dang District Police Office, Bel Bahadur Pandey.

Likewise, Bishwanath Adhikari, 49, Prabin KC, 5, Dipak Kumar Khadka, 31, and Dutta Bahadur Khatri, 78, also died in the incident. Jeep driver and next one have sustained injuries in the incident and are receiving medical treatment at Kohalpur Medical College, according to police.

Police shared that the newlywed bride and groom were travelling in another vehicle.

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