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PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2016 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses the 2016 U.S. Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States on July 27, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (Xinhua/Li Muzi/IANS)

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he would keep the US embassy in Israel in Jerusalem if elected in the November election.

“The move shouldn’t have happened in the context as it did, it should happen in the context of a larger deal to help us achieve important concessions for peace in the process.

“But now that is done, I would not move the embassy back to Tel Aviv,” Biden said during a virtual fundraiser on Wednesday.

The former Vice President also said that he would reopen a US consulate in East Jerusalem to engage the Palestinian leaders in talks about a “two-state solution”, which has been a long-standing view of Washington regarding the Palestinian issue, reports Xinhua news agency.

TEL AVIV, May 22, 2017 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, on May 22, 2017. Trump has arrived in Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, kicking off his second leg of the Middle East visit in Israel and Palestine.(Xinhua/Gil Cohen Magen/IANS) (dtf) by .
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel (Xinhua/Gil Cohen Magen/IANS) (dtf)

US media reported that Biden, then a senator of Delaware, voted for the passage of the Jerusalem Embassy Act in 1995, which authorized moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

However, the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administration had all deferred the move.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Washington moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in May 2018, drawing condemnation and opposition globally.

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