Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has said that his country will not be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem until after a final peace accord is signed between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Ynetnews reported.
On Thursday evening the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, told the Antena 3 TV channel: "The decision has been taken. procedures [for the move] have started".
"It may seem something not very important", Dragnea said. Israel occupied mainly Palestinian east Jerusalem and the surrounding region in the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, declaring the whole city its capital.
"The government's initiative could eventually represent, at the most, the beginning of a process of evaluation. which could only be finalised after the conclusion of peace talks", Iohannis added.
"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.
He pointed out that Romania still supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, supports UN Security Council Resolutions on the issue and that its stance remains unchanged. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila confirmed on Friday that the memorandum has been approved.
However, cabinet spokesperson Nelu Barbu told journalists on Wednesday that he hadn't seen any such document.
A spokesperson for the Romanian government did not wish to comment on the document that was adopted in the absence of the country's foreign minister, who is visiting Tunisia. Last week, Dancila named Netanyahu's personal physician Herman Berkovitz as her honorary advisor. He said preferential treatment would be given to the first 10 countries that move their embassies. Hotovely is also set to visit the Czech Republic.
The U.S. Embassy is due to relocate its unit on May 14.