Member Of Ruling Romanian Party Says Will Shift Embassy To Jerusalem

22 April, 2018, 10:08 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • A woman smiles during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948 in Tel Aviv Israel Thursday

The Romanian government has adopted a memorandum to officially transfer the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party.

Romania's government has backed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, drawing a warning from the president - who has the final say - that the move could break worldwide law.

"Moving the embassy to Jerusalem can and I believe will bring short, medium and long-term benefits for Romania and we must use this huge chance and opportunity".

Despite the violent backlash, the USA embassy is scheduled to open its new office on May 14, while Guatemala - the second country to officially announce such a move - will open an embassy in Jerusalem on May 16.

On Friday, President Klaus Iohannis, who is in charge of Romania's foreign policy, said he hadn't been informed and that the decision lacked "a solid. base".

"Such a decision must be taken only after consulting and securing the approval of all foreign policy and national security institutions, with a final decision belonging to the president, according to the constitution".

He pointed out that Romania still supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, supports UN Security Council Resolutions on the issue and that its stance remains unchanged.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "at least half a dozen" countries were considering moving their embassies to Jerusalem. Berkovitz is also Romania's honorary consul in Israel.

"The decision has been taken...the procedures are beginning", Dragnea said ahead of an expected official announcement by the Romanian government.

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah urged Romania on Thursday during a meeting with Romanian representative to Palestine Catalin Tirlea not to move its embassy.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

Romania will become the fourth country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States, Guatemala, and Honduras. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem and declared the entire city as its capital, a move not recognized by the worldwide community.

Palestinian-Israeli tensions have reached an all-time high after December 6, when US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the state capital of Israel and ordered the relocation of US embassy there.



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