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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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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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