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5. Abbas: Jerusalem could be gate to war

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has strongly demanded that US President Donald Trump retract his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

He told an international conference in Cairo on Wednesday that Jerusalem could be a gate to peace or war and urged Trump to choose between the two.

The gathering was called by Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's prestigious institute, in response to the US decision on Jerusalem.

Abbas said that if Jerusalem is not the Palestinian capital, this issue will be a gate to war and bring insecurity and instability to the Middle East.

He asked Muslim and other countries to keep paying attention to this issue and maintain their support.

Christian clergy were also invited to the conference.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, head of the Al-Azhar institute, called for unity against the US and Israel without regard to religion or region.
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