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French President Macron Calls for Calm Over US Jerusalem Move

French President Macron appealed for calm on Friday after U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s widely-criticised recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

French President Emmanuel Macron appealed for calm on Friday after U.S. President Donald J. Trump‘s widely-criticised recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Speaking at a meeting to discuss Lebanon, Mr. Macron said the decision should not “add to the instability of the region. I’m issuing a call for calm and responsibility by everyone which is essential for the efforts we are undertaking here.”

Meanwhile, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri called the move a new challenge to the already tense Middle East.

“It complicates the peace process even more (between Israel and the Palestinians) and creates a new challenge to regional security,” he said at a meeting in Paris. “In the name of the Lebanese people, I can only repeat our rejection of this decision.”

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