French President Macron Calls for Calm Over US Jerusalem Move

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke at the COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP) climate talks in Bonn, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Photo: Martin Meissner, AP

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.”