Romania announces to shift embassy to Jerusalem; Jordan’s King Abdullah cancels Romania trip

Romanian Prime Minister has announced to move her country’s Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In the wake of the announcement, Jordan’s King Abdullah has scrapped a planned visit to Romania.

Jordan’s state-run Petra news agency said Monday, “The decision came in solidarity with Jerusalem, following Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila’s remarks on Sunday, expressing the intention to move her country’s embassy to Jerusalem.”

Making the announcement at a conference in Washington, DC held by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, Romanian PM announced, “I am pleased to announce today … that, after the finalization of assessments and with all constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process and in full agreement, I as Prime Minister of Romania, and the government that I run, will move our embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel.”

However, Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis quickly rebuffed the statement saying that only he could take such a decision. He had also opposed the move and blocked an earlier attempt to move the embassy.