France's Emmanuel Macron says Trump's Jerusalem move 'regrettable'

Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday branded as "regrettable" his US counterpart Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling for efforts to "avoid violence at all costs".

Published: 07th December 2017 01:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2017 01:16 AM   |  A+A-

French President Emmanuel Macron | AP

By AFP

ALGIERS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday branded as "regrettable" his US counterpart Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling for efforts to "avoid violence at all costs".

Addressing a press conference during a state visit to Algeria, Macron affirmed "the attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognised borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states."

READ: Donald Trump recognises disputed city Jerusalem as Israel's capital

He called for "calm" and "responsibility" on all sides.

"We must avoid violence at all costs and prioritise dialogue," he said. 

"France is ready with its partners to take all necessary initiatives in this direction."

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