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No decision to move Israel embassy, top Romanian official says

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
State Secretary in the Romanian Foreign Ministry Maria Magdalena Grigore, left, meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman, Jordan, on June 13, 2019. (Photo by the Romanian Foreign Ministry)

State Secretary in the Romanian Foreign Ministry Maria Magdalena Grigore says her country is committed to its historic position and that of the European Union on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the so-called two-state solution, dismissing reports that Bucharest is planning to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Speaking in a meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi in Amman on Thursday, Grigore stressed the absence of any decision to shift the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds.

She then praised Jordan's role in enhancing security and stability in the Middle East, emphasizing the importance of the Aqaba meetings.

The Aqaba meetings are reportedly a series of international meetings launched by Jordanian King Abdullah II in 2015 to bolster security and military cooperation, coordination and exchange of expertise among regional and international partners to counter terrorism.

Safadi, for his part, said settlement to the Palestinian issue lies on the two-state solution, and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

Back on March 24, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said the statement by his country’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila was false, and that the Romanian embassy would not move to Jerusalem al-Quds.

Iohannis wrote on his official Twitter page that the decision “was not even sent” to him, stressing that the “final decision about moving the embassy” is with him and that the prime minister is “ignorant of foreign affairs.”

Dancila had vowed in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country’s president.

The Romanian prime minister made the announcement before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) – an influential pro-Israel lobby.


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