Malki: Czech, Romania will not move embassies to Jerusalem


Israel occupied east Jerusalem in the Six-Day War and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the global community. U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and a small diplomatic team will work from inside the building until the permanent embassy is built in another neighborhood west of the city.

Zeman announced on Wednesday at a Prague Castle event attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, "A few years ago, I said that our embassy should be transferred to Jerusalem", reported the Jerusalem Post. He said after the embassy move announcement earlier this week that he had not been informed about the decision, insisting that any relocation of the Romanian embassy would be possible after a broad agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis on the status of Jerusalem al-Quds.

The decision by Romania's PSD to relocate the embassy comes after US President Donald Trump declared in December 2017 that his administration recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel's capital.

"Last year, the Czech Republic has already expressed its position on Jerusalem as [the] capital of the State of Israel, in its 1967 borders", the statement said.

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In Israel, apart from Netanyahu, Dancila will hold a series of meetings with other state officials, the president Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Jerusalem's Greek-Orthodox patriarch Theophilos III.

This is why the Czech Republic has decided, as a first step, to open an honorary consulate (led by Honorary Consul Mr. Dan Propper) in May and a new Czech Centre by the end of this year, both in West Jerusalem.

"Our presence in Jerusalem should enhance our mutual cooperation in many fields".

"The Czech Republic has made a decision to open in May an honorary consulate in West Jerusalem, and before the end of the year a Czech center, also in West Jerusalem", the ministry said in a statement. The Palestinians want the eastern part of the city - including the Old City - as the capital of their future state. Trump's declaration infers the same thing.