Palestinian Authority Recalls 4 European Envoys over US Embassy Move

Palestinian Authority Recalls 4 European Envoys over US Embassy Move

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018 - 17:45
Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel on Monday. (AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
The Palestinian Authority recalled on Wednesday the ambassadors to four European countries in protest against their envoys’ attendance of an Israeli reception marking the US embassy's move to Jerusalem.

A statement from the PA's foreign ministry said the ambassadors to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria had attended the reception on Sunday, a day before the US opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem.

The ministry "sees this participation as a grave breach of international law and United Nations resolutions which confirm that Jerusalem has been occupied since 1967 and ban countries from moving their embassies there," the statement said.

"The recalls are to consult with our ambassadors to these states about their positions and their commitment to the EU's positions."

Romanian news agency Agerpres reported that the ambassador, Fuad Kokaly, would leave Romania Wednesday for "consultations" with Palestinian authorities.

Kokaly recently criticized a Romanian government plan to relocate the country's embassy to Jerusalem, saying it would endanger the national security of Romanian citizens and violate UN Security Council resolutions.
On Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas withdrew his top envoy to Washington.

The European Union opposed the US move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The embassy move and Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has deeply angered Palestinians, who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.

The embassy move was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border that saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.

Israel has faced international criticism over its use of live fire against demonstrators.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community. It sees the entire city as its capital.

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