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Wednesday 14 November, 2018, 8:38 pm

World leaders call emergency meeting after Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem

Eight countries, including France, Egypt, and the UK, have requested an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Earlier, Jordan rejected the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, calling it legally "null" because it consolidated Israel's occupation of the eastern sector of the contested city.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed the declaration in the White House and shared the video on Twitter.

In addition, The Elders, an international non-governmental organisation of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists, and human rights advocates, who were brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007.

Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General, shared his thoughts on Twitter.

UK leader of Opposition Jeremy Corbyn even termed President Trump's announcement as 'reckless', while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that her government does not support the American position, since the final status of Jerusalem should be negotiated in the context of a two-state solution.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, too, put out a statement disagreeing with President Trump's decision. "We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital before a final status agreement. We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region. The British Embassy to Israel is based in Tel Aviv and we have no plans to move it," she said in a detailed statement

In addition, Joyce Karam, a US-based journalist shared images, reportedly of protests in Turkey, Jordan West Bank and Gaza. She tweeted that these pictures were taken three hours after President Trump's official declaration.

However, President Trump also had a number of supporters, including veteran comedian Roseanne Barr.

One person even shared a video of former President Barack Obama also speaking of Jerusalem being the capital of Israel

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