President of the United States Donald Trump said that the time has come for the official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Trump noted that the delay in recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel did not lead to the promotion of peace agreements, RIA Novosti reported.
At the same time, he said, this decision has no effect on American support for peace between Israel and Palestine, moreover, the US "intends to help conclude a peace agreement", which will be acceptable for both Israelis and Palestinians.
The US President has already instructed the State Department to begin preparations for the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem, Tass reports.
At the same time, Trump said that the US will support the solution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on the principle of the coexistence of the two states, if both sides agree to this.
Trump also called on all parties in the Middle East to maintain the status quo around the holy places in Jerusalem.
The decision was expected, and Trump already warned about the consequences of this decision. Turkey, in particular, threatened to sever relations with Israel.