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Trump To Deliver Statement On Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem

Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas and U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington earlier this year.

The White House says President Donald Trump on December 6 will deliver remarks about his decision on whether to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not provide details about what Trump had decided.

The U.S. president earlier on December 5 called Middle Eastern leaders on the matter, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas, amid growing warnings across the Middle East against making the move.

Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Abbas, said that Trump notified the Palestinian leader "of his intention to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

Arab leaders warned that such a step could spark violence and instability throughout the region and the world.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to break off diplomatic ties with Israel if the United States recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel regards Jerusalem as its capital city, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The city is home to holy sites recognized by Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa