Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, slammed Trump decision to recognize Al-Quds ac the capital of the Israeli regime, saying the move “will complicate the peace process even more”, adding it posed yet another challenge to the tense Middle East.
“I can only repeat our rejection of this decision and our commitment to the Arab initiative for a solution based on two states,” Hariri said on the sidelines of a meeting for International Support Group for Lebanon in Paris.
For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron appealed for calm over the US move.
Speaking at the meeting on Lebanon, Macron said the decision should not “add to the instability of the region. I’m issuing a call for calm and responsibility by everyone which is essential for the efforts we are undertaking here.”
Macron’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had earlier expressed concern over the situation, saying there was a “risk” of a new Intifada (uprising).
“The United States, which until now has been able to play a mediation role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, have now excluded themselves from that a little,” he told France Inter radio.
Washington is “isolated in this affair”, he added.
Ahead of a trip to France on Sunday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Le Drian said “France can act, but it cannot act alone”.
“We must pursue the necessary mediation to allow calm to return, so that we can commit to a negotiation process,” he said.