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Pope Francis on Wednesday defended the "status quo" of Jerusalem, hours ahead of an announcement by US President Donald Trump in which officials said he will recognise the disputed city as Israel's capital.
"My thought now goes to Jerusalem".
"I cannot keep silent my deep concern about the situation that has occurred in recent days, while urging everyone to respect the status quo of the city in accordance with United Nations resolutions", said Pope Francis in a speech in Vatican City in the afternoon.
He appealed "that everyone respects the status quo of the city", according to United Nations resolutions.
The Vatican supports a two-state solution.
The pope experienced first hand the consequences of war and conflict during his recent trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh.
It quickly annexed it, declaring the whole of the city as its capital in a move which has not been recognised internationally.
Trump also plans to sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, senior administration officials said.
The Holy See recognised the Palestinian state in 2015. In recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the US would be the first country to do so since the state was established in 1948.
As Breitbart News reported on Tuesday, Arab, Muslim and European Union leaders have voiced their opposition to the move, suggesting it could create turmoil in the area.
According to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian Peace Accords, the final status of Jerusalem will be discussed in the late stages of the talks.
The Pope has described Jerusalem as "a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims".
In his remarks, Pope Francis said the Holy Land was the "land par excellence of dialogue between God and mankind".
The Pope made comments to a group of visiting Palestinians involved in inter-religious dialogue with the Vatican.
"They came to the Vatican with the intention of establishing a joint working group".
"I wanted, also in this case, to express the closeness of Christ and of the Church to a people that has suffered due to conflict and repression and which now is slowly walking toward a new condition of freedom and peace", he said.