President says Romania won't move embassy to Jerusalem
Romania wonât make any decision on moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until progress in the Middle East peace process is achieved, Romanian president Klaus Iohannis told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Friday.
The two state officials talked about the status of Jerusalem and the recent UN resolution on the United Statesâ decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
The Israeli PM thanked Iohannis for Romaniaâs âabstainâ vote on the United Nationsâ resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The resolution says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are ânull and voidâ and must be cancelled. It also urges UN member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.
The resolution was approved by 128 states, with 35 absta ining and nine others voting against. Romania was among the countries that abstained.
Romaniaâs official position is that Jerusalem is a central theme in the peace negotiations and the cityâs status should be decided after a direct agreement is reached between the parties involved. Romania also considers that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs a durable solution by implementing the âtwo-state solutionâ, Israel and Palestine, which would coexist in peace. Palestineâs Embassy to Bucharest saluted the Romaniaâs position on this issue.
After US president Donald Trump decided to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, some Romanian politicians rushed to say that Romania should consider doing the same. Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), was one of them.
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