Malki: Czech, Romania will not move embassies to Jerusalem

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Opened in the early 1990s, the Czech honorary consulate in Jerusalem was closed in 2016 due to the death of the honorary consul, spokeswoman Michaela Lagronova told AFP.

Recent reports regarding the Czech Republic's plans for its embassy have gone back and forth-first with indications that the country would move its embassy, followed by reports that it would not.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said Thursday that she favoured moving her country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but she had insufficent backing at home for such a move.

The Czech Foreign Ministry published a statement clarifying that "the Czech Republic fully respects the joint policy of the European Union, which sees Jerusalem as the future capital of the State of Israel and the future State of Palestine".

Some Israeli politicians have welcomed the decision of the President of the Czech Republic on the transfer of the Embassy to the capital.

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However, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is from the centre-right and has frequently clashed with the government, protested that he had not been informed and emphasised any such move could only happen after Israel and the Palestinians had agreed the status of Jerusalem among themselves.

Speaking at Prague Castle, he said he remembered discussing it with Benjamin Netanyahu, quoting the Israeli Prime Minister as saying: "If you do, I will give you my own house". "Contrary to that, the United States of America copied my proposal".

The Czech Embassy (of Czechoslovakia then Czech Republic) has been in Tel Aviv since 1949, except during the interruption of diplomatic relations under the former communist regime in Prague between 1967 and 1990.

ِAccording to WAFA, Malki said the European Union reiterated few days ago its position on moving embassy of member states to Jerusalem confirming that no state will be allowed to break the consensus on the subject of Jerusalem.