The US embassy in Jerusalem will be officially opened on Monday, May 14.

This is despite opposition and complaints by the Arab World, including European leaders and the pope who think that such a move will lead to further deterioration of peace in the region.

The Office of the spokesperson for the Department of State said it was proud to announce the dedication and that Ambassador David Friedman would preside over the dedication ceremony.

It added that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would lead the presidential delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

Other members of the presidential delegation are Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Adviser Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

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“As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government.

“Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Harry S. Truman, became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel.

“Moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal; rather it is a necessary condition for it.

“We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders,” the department said.

It added that Consulate General Jerusalem would continue to operate as an independent mission with an unchanged mandate responsible for U.S. relations with the Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority.

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