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Romania, Honduras Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Romania, Honduras Plan to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

Sunday, 24 March, 2019 - 18:45
Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila. AFP file photo
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The leaders of Romania and Honduras on Sunday announced that they will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, following the lead of US President Donald Trump.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez delivered their announcements at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference in Washington. The announcements were welcomed by Israeli politicians.

However, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, a government rival who's in charge of the East European nation's foreign policy, said the prime minister hadn't consulted with him over the decision. He accused her of "total ignorance" of foreign policy.

He also described the move as a breach of international law, and said that in any case, such a shift would require presidential approval.

The move is considered controversial as it goes against the rest of the European Union. Romania currently holds the bloc's rotating presidency.

The announcement made by the Romanian PM and the President of Honduras came on a day when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was beginning a Washington visit to include an AIPAC appearance and a meeting with Trump.

The US president has moved his country’s embassy to Jerusalem, a step that was applauded by Israel. Guatemala followed suit.

However, the move angered the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as capital of a future state.

Most countries have embassies in Tel Aviv out of sensitivity over the contested city. The Palestinians, and most of the international community, say the city's final status should be resolved in negotiations.

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