The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has lashed out at US President Donald Trump after he declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A statement of the Saudi Royal Court carried by the official Saudi Press Agency called the decision ‘unjustified and irresponsible’.
“The kingdom expresses great regret over the US president’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said a Saudi royal court statement.
Trump ended seven decades of US ambiguity on the status of the disputed city on Wednesday, prompting an almost universal diplomatic backlash and fears of new bloodshed in the Middle East.
The US President also started the process of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The statement of the Royal Court added that Trump’s decision goes against the ‘historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people’. The statement also said that Trump should reconsider his decision.
“The kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move,” the statement said.
“The US move represents a significant decline in efforts to push a peace process and is a violation of the historically neutral American position on Jerusalem.”
The ruler of the country King Salman on Tuesday had said that such a dangerous step could have repercussions in the whole Muslim world.
There was significant warmth in the US-Saudi Arabia relations after Trump choose Saudi Arabia for his first oversees tour after his election. However, the latest development has caste a shadow over those relations.
Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official diplomatic relations.