Trump's Jerusalem move regrettable, says France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday branded as "regrettable" his US counterpart Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling for efforts to "avoid violence at all costs"

French President Emmanuel Macron with his US counterpart Donald Trump. AFP PHOTO 

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French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday branded as "regrettable" his US counterpart Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling for efforts to "avoid violence at all costs".

Addressing a press conference during a state visit to Algeria, Macron affirmed "the attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognised borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states."

He called for "calm" and "responsibility" on all sides.

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"We must avoid violence at all costs and prioritise dialogue," he said.

"France is ready with its partners to take all necessary initiatives in this direction."

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