Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Romania to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Romania to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Romania will soon move its embassy to Jerusalem, Liviu Dragnea, the president of the Chamber of Deputies and a member of Romania's ruling party said Thursday.

"The move has already begun, a memorandum has been approved", said the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party.

"It may seem something not very important", Dragnea said.

"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".

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The Palestinian Authority has demanded that Romania not move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

In a statement, Iohannis urged the government to show "responsibility and discernment on major foreign policy decisions that have strategic effects including on national security".

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is awaiting official updates from Bucharest. Last week, Dancila named Netanyahu's personal physician Herman Berkovitz as her honorary advisor.

A spokesperson for the Romanian government did not wish to comment on the document that was adopted in the absence of the country's foreign minister, who is visiting Tunisia. Hotovely is also set to visit the Czech Republic.

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On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "at least half a dozen" countries were considering moving their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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

Honduras is the third nation that has announced its plan to move its embassy to Israel's capital.

Romania abstained during the December 21 vote in the General Assembly on the status of Jerusalem, which overwhelmingly condemned US President Donald Trump for announcing that the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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