United States (U.S.) Secretary of State nominee, Antony Blinken, says the Joe Biden administration is committed to keeping the American Embassy in Jerusalem, media reports said on Wednesday.
Blinken gave the assurance during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, according to the reports.
When asked if he agreed that Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and he was committed that the U.S. would not move the embassy, he emphatically stressed,
“Yes and yes.”
The city, the eastern part of which is claimed by the Palestinians, was recognised as Israel’s capital by outgoing President Donald Trump.
Trump had, following the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, relocated the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
The move sparked unrest across the entire Middle East.
Blinken stressed that the U.S. Embassy will remain in Jerusalem and the U.S. will continue to view the disputed city as the capital of Israel.