Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, has said that the US is not taking sides in the dispute over east Jerusalem al-Quds, after President Donald Trump has officially declared Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital.
In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city, which is expected to take years.
Haley said that Trump did not mention east Jerusalem al-Quds in his announcement and said it will be up to Israelis and Palestinians during peace talks to determine the fate of the disputed parts of the city.
“That’s for the two sides to decide,” Haley told CNN on Wednesday. “That’s not for the United States to decide.”
“We don’t want to pick a side on this,” she added.
East Jerusalem al-Quds was occupied in 1967 and Israel later annexed it despite international condemnations. The occupied…