Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told his Palestinian counterpart that the UK has no intention of following the United States’ lead on Jerusalem, and in fact believes the city should be the shared capital in a two-state solution.

Reiterating the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s long-held belief, Johnson told Riyad al-Malki on Monday that the holy city “should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states”.

His position contrasts sharply with that of U.S. President Donald Trump, who Johnson this week urged MPs to welcome to the UK on a state visit.