US embassy road signs installed in Jerusalem

US embassy road signs installed in Jerusalem

US Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem today ahead of next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

The signs in English, Hebrew and Arabic were installed along roads leading to a US consulate building in south Jerusalem that will be remodelled as the embassy when it is formally relocated from Tel Aviv on May 14.

"This is not a dream. It is reality. I am proud and moved to have hung this morning the first new signs that were prepared for the US Embassy," Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat wrote on Twitter.

"I also stress, as President Trump has said in December, the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem remain subject to negotiations between the parties, and we remain committed to achieving a lasting and comprehensive peace that offers a brighter future for both Israel and the Palestinians," the Jerusalem Post cited him as saying.

Barkat called the embassy move a "historic event", describing Jerusalem as "the eternal capital of the Jewish people". At the consulate site, mechanical diggers cleared scrubland as workers posted embassy signs along city roads.

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