Romania government supports moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, president concerned

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Under Romanian legislation, President Klaus Iohannis would have the final say.

Speaking in an interview with the Romanian TV channel ANTENA 3, Dragnea revealed that the decision was made Wednesday night.

Iohannis said the decision was "not based on firm, wide-ranging evaluations".

He added that moving the embassy to Jerusalem would bring benefits to Romania and that this is a huge opportunity that the country must take. He said Romania's move has great value in the eyes of the US administration.

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Romania's position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is identical to that of the European Union of which it is a member, officials have said repeatedly.

Hotovely met in Bucharest with Romania's prime minister and foreign minister, as well as with the heads of both houses of the parliament, including Dragnea.She welcomed Dragnea's announcement Thursday night and said it was clear from her meetings in Romania that the move was on the way. Berkovitz is also Romania's honorary consul in Israel.

Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the first 10 embassies to relocate to Jerusalem would receive "preferential treatment".

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

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In December 2017, Palestine's Foreign Ministry summoned Romania's envoy for explanations to clarify statements from Social Democratic Party leader Dragnea in which he supported moving the embassy to Jerusalem.

"This year, we look forward to opening the new Embassy of the United States in Jerusalem on May 14 which coincides with the 70th anniversary of President Truman recognising the nascent State of Israel".

Romania has not announced the timeline of the embassy's relocation, While the US embassy is expected to open on May 14, and Guatemala will open an embassy in Jerusalem on May 16.

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