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EU urges Palestinian 'restraint' over Trump Jerusalem plan

The Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, a highly contested site at the centre of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen in a general view of Jerusalem on December 1, 2017 (AFP Photo/Thomas COEX)

Brussels (AFP) - EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini called Wednesday for Palestinian "restraint" over an expected announcement by US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In a phone call with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, Mogherini reiterated European Union's commitment to a two-state solution, and its stance that the status of Jerusalem should be settled by negotiations.

"Federica Mogherini called for restraint in any reaction to the expected announcement and welcomed the commitment by President Abbas to call for any demonstrations to remain peaceful," an EU statement said.

Mogherini invited Abbas to Brussels to meet EU foreign ministers, the statement said.

The move by Trump, set to come in a speech later Wednesday, would upend decades of careful US policy and ignore dire warnings of a historic misstep that could trigger a surge of violence in the Middle East.

On Tuesday, Mogherini made a pointed warning about the situation at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he was visiting Brussels for talks with the EU and NATO.

"We believe that any action that would undermine this effort must absolutely be avoided," she said.