Palestinian leader to respond to Trump's Jerusalem announcement in TV speech

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will deliver a televised speech on Wednesday in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s anticipated announcement that Washington recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a Palestinian official said. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

“The president (Abbas) will first listen to President Trump’s speech, and will then give a response,” the official told Reuters, adding that the remarks would be broadcast on Palestine TV. 

Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem, a city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, was set for 1 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT). Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has so far held off on commenting explicitly about Trump’s planned policy shift.

Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Editing by Alison Williams

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