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Israel: 'Time to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital' - Rivlin to new US ambassador Friedman02:28

Israel: 'Time to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital' - Rivlin to new US ambassador Friedman

Israel, Jerusalem
May 16, 2017 at 13:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin urged the international community to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel "de facto, not just de jure", while marking the formal assumption of office of US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday.

The Israeli president welcomed Friedman, his family, and staff to Israel and congratulated him on his new position. Rivlin also added that Israel was looking forward to US President Donald Trump's visit to Israel next week, calling it an important "sign of the unbreakable bond" between the two countries.

"We look forward to working with the new administration to find new ways and think of new ideas of how to move forward - build trust between Israelis and Palestinians."

Friedman stressed the importance of Trump's visit to Israel on his first foreign trip as US president, saying Trump's "love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock solid, and it enjoys his highest priority."

Trump is due to visit Israel next week as part of a three-state tour, which will include Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.

Israel: 'Time to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital' - Rivlin to new US ambassador Friedman02:28
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin urged the international community to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of the State of Israel "de facto, not just de jure", while marking the formal assumption of office of US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday.

The Israeli president welcomed Friedman, his family, and staff to Israel and congratulated him on his new position. Rivlin also added that Israel was looking forward to US President Donald Trump's visit to Israel next week, calling it an important "sign of the unbreakable bond" between the two countries.

"We look forward to working with the new administration to find new ways and think of new ideas of how to move forward - build trust between Israelis and Palestinians."

Friedman stressed the importance of Trump's visit to Israel on his first foreign trip as US president, saying Trump's "love for and commitment to the State of Israel is rock solid, and it enjoys his highest priority."

Trump is due to visit Israel next week as part of a three-state tour, which will include Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.