President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis spoke by phone of Friday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the initiative of the latest, a press release of the Presidential Administration informs.
According to the quoted statement, the discussion focused on the current stage and prospects of the development of the relations between Romania and the State of Israel, as well as on the developments related to the adoption, on 21 December 2017, by the UN General Assembly of the draft resolution on the status of Jerusalem, being briefly addressed, in this context, the status of Jerusalem issue.
The two senior officials also exchanged views on the current situation in Iran.
Prime Minister Netanyahu particularly appreciated the close relation of friendship between the two states and peoples, based on common interests. At the same time, the Israeli Prime Minister thanked Romania for its vote of “abstention” at the adoption of the UN General Assembly Resolution on the status of Jerusalem.
In turn, President Klaus Iohannis highlighted the symbolism of this year celebration of seven decades of uninterrupted diplomatic relations between the two countries, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and the celebration of the Centenary of Modern Romania. President Iohannis assured that Romania continues to support the development, consolidation and diversification of relations with the State of Israel, which have a strategic character.
Regarding recent developments on the status of Jerusalem, President Klaus Iohannis reiterated the main elements of Romania’s position expressed on the occasion of the vote and the “explanation of vote” presented afterwards, on the UN General Assembly resolution from 21 December 2017. The resolution recommends, inter alia, to UN member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in Jerusalem and to step up international efforts for a lasting, comprehensive and just peace in the Middle East.
According to this position, approved by the President of Romania prior to the vote, on the basis of the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s reasoned proposal, Jerusalem is a central theme in the peace talks and its status should be established following the conclusion of a direct agreement between the sides.
Romania also stressed in the explanation of vote the need for a just and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by implementing the “solution of the two states”, Israel and Palestine, coexisting in peace and security as the only viable and capable variant to guarantee the fulfillment of the aspirations of the parties.
“It was also shown on this occasion that Romania’s position on the status of the city of Jerusalem remains in line with that established by the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly in the field. At the same time, in its position expressed on the occasion of the explanation of vote, Romania called for calm, encouraged the parties to resume the direct dialogue to unlock the peace process and showed that it is now necessary to renew the international efforts to relaunch it. It is in this context why the moment of promoting the resolution adopted on 21 December 2017 was seen by Romania with reticence , which also motivated the abstention decision,” the release issued by the Presidential Administration on Friday maintains.
“As a consequence, a possible decision to move the Embassy of Romania from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem can only be made on the basis of these parameters, taking into account future developments in the Middle East Peace Process, and, in this regard, the status of Jerusalem issue,” the release also reads.
The two top dignitaries also discussed the current situation in Iran, President Klaus Iohannis expressing regret for the loss of human life as a result of recent protests and the hope that violence will cease, and freedom of speech and freedom of peaceful assembly will be respected.
Palestine Embassy hails President Iohannis statement to reaffirm Romania’s position regarding status of Jerusalem
The Palestine Embassy in Bucharest hails the statement made by President Klaus Iohannis to reaffirm the position of the Romanian state in respect to the status of Jerusalem, according to a release of the diplomatic mission sent to AGERPRES on Saturday.
“By deciding not to take into consideration the embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem as a legitimate option, Romania proves, once again, the observance towards the principles of law and international law,” Ambassador of Palestine in Bucharest Fuad Kokaly believes, as quoted in the release.
According to the quoted source, the Romanian President’s position “remains in agreement” with the resolutions of the UN Security Council decisions, the resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the Fourth Geneva Convention, but also “aligns to the unanimous decision, firmly embraced by all EU members states, which Romania is part of.”
“The Middle East peace process is currently in a deadlock and, as the release of the Presidential Administration in Bucharest shows, it cannot be unlocked without implementing the solution of the two states, so that the State of Palestine with the capital in East Jerusalem exercises its right to self-determination and peacefully coexists with its neighbors, according to international law and all resolutions issued by the abovementioned international organizations,” the statement says.
The quoted source reveals that “the unilateral, singular decision, in a global context, of the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem only hinders peace and a climate of normality in the Holy City, the supreme spiritual symbol for more than half of the world’s population.”
“In this context, we express our believe that Romania will further remain a guarantor of observing the international laws and, also, a partner in the efforts that the State of Palestine and the diplomatic mission in Bucharest carry out in order to continue the peace process in the Middle East,” the Palestine Embassy release underscores.