Emmanuel Macron agreed with Erdogan jointly try to dissuade the US authorities to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The leaders of the two countries believe that this decision does not contribute to the cause of Middle East reconciliation, but, on the contrary, leads to further escalation of violence.
The head of the Palestinian Autonomy, Mahmoud Abbas, officially refused to meet with the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. Earlier, the White House announced that Pence will visit the Middle East before the end of the year and hold a series of negotiations on conflict resolution in Palestine. However, according to the official statement, the leadership of Palestine will not intend to meet with the American leadership because of the US position on the issue of the territorial belonging of Jerusalem.
On Sunday, about 6,000 people protest at the US Embassy in Jakarta in Indonesia against Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The organizer of the protest action is the Prosperous Justice Party. Most of the protesters are dressed in traditional Muslim clothing, in their hands — flags of Palestine and posters with the requirements «Free Palestine».
The Malaysian Minister of Defense, Bername Hishammuddin Hussein, said that the country’s army is ready to fulfill «any tasks» that will be required of it because of the next turn of the crisis around Palestine. Commenting on Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the military called him «a slap in the face of the entire Islamic world,» stating that the Malaysian military, if necessary, is ready to «play a role» in this conflict. At the same time, Hussein did not say what actions the leadership of Malaysia was ready, adding only that now «it remains only to pray that this dispute would not lead to chaos.»
The Iraqi army, together with the Shiite militia and other units of the security service of the country, intends to hold a large-scale military parade to commemorate the victory over the Islamic State. Earlier, the Prime Minister of the country, Haider al-Abadi, announced victory over Islamic militants. It is expected that the parade will be held on the 6th of January, on the Day of the Armed Forces of the country.
About 2.5 thousand people went to the center of Kiev for a «march for impeachment,» organized by Mikhail Saakashvili, according to the Kiev department of the National Police of Ukraine. The organizers of the protest say that about 10 thousand people joined their action. People chant: «Revolution!» and «Ukraine is above all!». The police provides escorts from the Shevchenko Park to the Independence Square, where the assembly will be held. While the action passes without violations. Saakashvili remains in custody. On Saturday night he announced an indefinite hunger strike.