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Iraq Summons US Ambassador over Jerusalem Decision

08 December 2017

Hours before Pres. Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem issued an urgent warning Tuesday for American citizens visiting the country.

The statement further said, 'As terrorist attacks, political upheaval, and violence often take place without any warning, U.

"The Worldwide Caution was updated with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against us citizens and interests overseas", a State Department spokesperson told The Hill.

Not only Iraq is protesting this decision of trump.

The State Department previously issued a travel warning for Israel on April 11, 2017.

The warning went on to urge American citizens to be aware of local developments and remain in contact with United States embassies or consulates. "These facilities may temporarily close or periodically suspend public services to assess their security posture".

"Americans in Jordan are encouraged to maintain a low profile and to remain alert to developments", the message said.

The department on Tuesday urged USA citizens to avoid Jerusalem's Old City and the West Bank over fears of protests and violent reaction to the president's announcement.

He also proclaimed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"This is our Qibla-I-Awwal (the first direction of prayer) and no Muslim can ever accept it (Jerusalem) as the capital of the Zionist state of Israel".

"With today's decision, my Administration reaffirms its longstanding commitment to building a future of peace and security in the Middle East", Pres. Trump said. "No civilized, democratic and peace-loving people will tolerate it".

"We caution against the unsafe repercussions of this decision on the stability of the region and the world", a government statement reads.

Iraq demanded on Thursday that the US government backtrack on a decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital to avoid fuelling terrorism, and a prominent Iraqi militia said the decision was a reason to attack USA troops.

A number of world powers, including Germany, Turkey, and Russian Federation, expressed grave concern over the Trump administration's decision.

The U.S embassy has been located in Tel Aviv for seven decades.

Iraq Summons US Ambassador over Jerusalem Decision