The reason for such action, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars rinkēvičs in an interview to television channel LNT has described the statement of U.S. President Donald trump, who on behalf of all Americans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced the transfer of the American Embassy from tel Aviv to this city. The Arab leaders had previously asked trump to refrain from this step that could provoke a new round of conflict in the region.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most acute issues in relations between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital but the Palestinians believe that East Jerusalem is the capital of their future state. The United States became the first country to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel since the founding of the state in 1948.

As explained Rinkevics, after the Declaration of the trump peaceful settlement in the middle East "for an indefinite time would be difficult". Latvia is such a one-sided position is not supported and will not be supported in the future, said the Minister.