Gov't adopted a memorandum on initiation of procedure to effectively move the Romanian Embassy in Israel, from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD - ruling party) Liviu Dragnea announced on Thursday.
"Such a measure can not be taken without a profound analysis that takes into consideration all the consequences and implications on worldwide politics", he pointed out.
Dragnea noted that the decision has a "huge symbolic value" for bilateral relations with Israel, where some 500,000 Romanians found their new home.
"A memorandum has been approved at the government meeting", Dancila told reporters.
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"Moving the embassy to Jerusalem can and I believe will bring short, medium and long-term benefits for Romania and we must use this huge chance and opportunity".
The U.S. Embassy is due to relocate its unit on May 14. Iohannis said he had not been consulted, while the Romanian government and foreign ministry did not immediately confirm the information.
On Thursday, Netanyahu told a reception for foreign diplomats on Israel's Independence Day that Israel would help the first 10 countries to transfer their embassies to Jerusalem. "Such a step would constitute a violation of the rights of the Palestinians and would be contrary to worldwide resolutions", Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said on Thursday, after meeting the Romanian representative.
Palestinian-Israeli tensions have reached an all-time high after December 6, when US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the state capital of Israel and ordered the relocation of US embassy there.
Hamdallah's office stressed that such a move would violate worldwide law and United Nations resolutions, and undermine the chances of peace and the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Guatemala has also announced it was moving its embassy. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem and declared the entire city as its capital, a move not recognized by the global community.