Truss to Lapid: Eyeing Jerusalem embassy move (report)

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss (L), meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid in New York, United States, on September 21, 2022.
Avi Ohayon / GPOBritish Prime Minister Liz Truss (L), meeting with Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid in New York, United States, on September 21, 2022.

UK must not allow further compromises to Iran, Israel's prime minister tells counterpart

Israel's Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday, with Truss reportedly telling Lapid she was considering moving her country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Britain, like many countries, has held its Israel embassy in Tel Aviv, despite Israel designating Jerusalem as its capital. 

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According to a report in the UK's Telegraph, a Downing Street spokeswoman stated that Truss informed Lapid "about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel." 

Truss pledged she would make this move in a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel during the race to become the next British premier. At the time, Truss said she she understood the “importance and sensitivity” over the location. 

She would be following in the footsteps of former US president Donald Trump, who made the controversial move to relocate the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in 2017, with countries such as Honduras and Guatemala following suit. 

Also during the meeting, held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, United States, Lapid emphasized that Israel expects a “longer and stronger” Iran nuclear deal that will address multi-dimensional threats from Iran.

Lapid added that the UK must not allow further compromises to Iran, according to a press release by the Prime Minister’s Office.

Iran denies seeking a nuclear weapon, contrary to Western fears, Iranian Prime Minister Ebrahim Raisi earlier said in a speech to world leaders at the assembly.   

Indirect nuclear talks, through the signatories of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly called the Iran nuclear deal, have stalled between the US and Iran in recent weeks.

Israel has long stated its opposition to the deal, which Trump pulled out of in 2018 after a long campaign against the agreement by former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Lapid also took the opportunity in his first meeting with Truss to congratulate her after she replaced Boris Johnson earlier in September, and said he was confident Israel-UK ties would rise to new heights under her leadership.

He additionally expressed his condolences after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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