Pope Francis calls for recognising rights of all people in Jerusalem

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"My thoughts go to Jerusalem and I can not keep silent my deep concern for the situation that has been created in the past days", the pontiff said during the weekly General Audience at the Vatican.

Pope Francis has called for dialogue that respects the rights of everyone in the Holy Land and expressed his hope for "peace and prosperity" for the Palestinian people.

"I cannot keep silent my deep concern about the situation that has occurred in recent days, while urging everyone to respect the status quo of the city in accordance with United Nations resolutions", said Pope Francis in a speech in Vatican City in the afternoon.

"I can not remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days", Francis said at his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

In an appeal at the end of his weekly general audience, Francis called for all to honor United Nations resolutions on the city, which is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Trump is undermining worldwide stability with his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the USA embassy there, the leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said yesterday.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warned that Trump's expected move underlines the urgency of a new US -led Middle East peace plan.

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West Jerusalem is where Israel's government is based, but Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Before the audience, Pope Francis met with religious leaders from Palestine attending a meeting sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

"I pray to the Lord that its identity is preserved and strengthened for the benefit of the Holy Land, the Middle East and the whole world and that wisdom and prudence prevail to prevent new elements of tension from being added to a global context already convulsed by so many cruel conflicts", he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Jerusalem "should ultimately form a shared capital between the Israeli and Palestinian states".

The Holy See recognized the Palestinian state in 2015.

Palestinians, Arab and Muslim countries warn that a unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would "unleash widespread public anger" and deal a death knee to the peace process.

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