The Arab League Secretary General said on Thursday in Cairo that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would “explode” the situation in the Middle East. “The conflict demands a proper agreement for two states,” he said.

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After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump’s first official meeting in the White House, the leaders of the Arab world are concerned about the changes in U.S. foreign policy. Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated this afternoon (Thursday) that moving the US embassy to Jerusalem would be catastrophic for the situation in the Middle East. While meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Cairo, Aboul Gheit said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be resolved once there is a state for each nation.

Aboul Gheit said to Guterres, “It requires a comprehensive and just settlement based on a two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on … 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.”

Trump said on Tuesday in his press conference with Netanyahu that he will support any solution that pleases the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Additionally, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas quickly condemned Trump’s sentiments. A response from his office read, “Israel’s determination to eliminate the idea of a two-state solution will lead to more extremism. We are ready to cooperate positively with the Trump administration to achieve peace.”

The response continued, “We adhere to the two-state solution, international law and international resolutions. Netanyahu’s continued control over the West Bank’s borders is destroying the option of a two-state solution. Netanyahu must comply with the demand of Trump and the international community to cease the building of new settlements.”