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US does not have the first or last message that was opened in Jerusalem



Jerusalem (AFP) – If the United States opens its embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, this will be the most prominent diplomatic initiation in the holy city, but not the first or the last.

Several countries, mainly Africans and Latin Americans, have previously had their ambassadors in Jerusalem and some are expected to return.

After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Côte d'Ivoire, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Kenya, relations with Israel separated in protest and closed the doors of their messages in Jerusalem.

Later they renewed their relations, but moved their missions to Tel Aviv.

In 1980, Israel enacted a law that declared Jerusalem, including the main Palestinian East Zone, to be its "complete and unified" capital

The United Nations Security Council labeled the move illegal and passed a resolution calling for "those states that have established diplomatic missions in Jerusalem to withdraw these missions".

The Netherlands, Haiti and some Latin American countries followed suit.

Costa Rica and El Salvador returned to Jerusalem in 1984, but returned in 2006.

Following Trump's announcement on December 6, some are at least back – and Israel hopes for more.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has said his country's embassy will move to Jerusalem on May 16, and Paraguay's foreign ministry said it would follow on Wednesday.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes would attend the opening ceremony, which would take place "until the end of the month".

– Eastern Europeans weigh heavily –

The Romanian government, supported by the Speaker of Parliament, has adopted a draft proposal to relocate its embassy, ​​which would make him the first member of the European Union.

But Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who has often come into conflict with the government, rejects the move in the absence of an Is from a Palestinian-Palestinian agreement, and calls for the resignation of Prime Minister Viorica Dancila.

During a visit to Jerusalem last month, Dancila admitted that she did not have "the support of all parties as we wish" at this time.

Czech President Milos Zeman has said that he too wants the message of his country is transferred to Jerusalem.

However, he has not announced a firm plan, and the government has just announced the reopening of its honorary consulate in Jerusalem and the establishment of a Czech cultural center in the city

On the other side of the coin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says his country will not relocate its Tel Aviv embassy to Jerusalem, official Palestinian media reported

The EU firmly holds the decades-long position of the international community that sovereignty in Jerusalem was decided only through negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians 020] Shortly after Trump's announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Brussels for talks with EU foreign ministers.

"I believe that all or most European countries will transfer their messages to Jerusalem," he said in a cool response from Federica Mogherini, the foreign affairs chief of the bloc.

"He can hold his expectations for others, because from the side of the EU member states, this step will not come," she said.


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