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Romanian president rebukes his 'ignorant' PM's pledge to move embassy

March 25, 2019 10:47 A.M. (Updated: March 27, 2019 9:56 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Romanian President Klaus Iohannis rebuked, on Sunday, his Prime Minister, Viorica Dancila, for stating that the Romanian embassy in Israel will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Iohannis said that statements by Dancila show "total ignorance in foreign policy and in terms of making important decisions of the Romanian state."

During a Policy Conference for AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, Dancila announced that Romania intends to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Dancila said, “That is why I am pleased to announce today to the AIPAC audience that after the conclusion of the analysis by all the constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process in my country and, in full consensus, I, as the prime minister of Romania and the government that I lead the move of the Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.”

However, Iohannis stressed that such decisions are not for the government to make, rather only him as president can make them.

Iohannis said, “The decision to move the embassy will be made ‘with the advice of all the institutions with responsibilities in the field of foreign policy and national security.’”

Iohannis added, "The final decision belongs to the President of Romania, who is according to the Constitution, the holder of the foreign policy decisions of Romania and a representative of our country at the external level."

Iohannis also asked for the government and the prime minister “to show responsibility in the governing act."

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and in May 2018, he moved the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, resulting in the Palestinian Authority (PA) boycotting the US administration.
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