ForMin Melescanu heard in Parliament: I take responsibility for memorandum on embassy in Israel. Decision to move the embassy could affect Romania’s UN Security Council bid

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu was heard on Wednesday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. There, he stated that he takes responsibility for the memorandum on the relocation of the Romanian embassy in Israel, that it is a Foreign Ministry initiative, and it is not a document registered as classified, being “confidential” because it contains information that is not public. Likewise, Melescanu said that a decision to relocate the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could affect Romania’s 2019 bid to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

He said that this concerns the Government’s approval of an analysis involving all Romanian embassies, especially those in the Middle East and the Arab world.

Melescanu pointed out that, on Friday, EU member states will be consulted on this topic, adding that it has not been possible yet to establish a meeting with the U.S. to discuss this issue.

“It’s not a classified document, it’s written on it that it contains information that is not public, so it was discussed as confidential,” the Foreign Minister stated, referring to the character of the memorandum.

Teodor Melescanu said that even though he did not sign it, because he was paying a visit to Libya at the time, he took responsibility for it and the memorandum is a Foreign Ministry initiative.

He pointed out that, following the approval of this memorandum, he had a first ministerial meeting with several segments of the Government and of the Romanian administration – with the Minister of Defence, the Interior Minister, the SRI and the SIE – in which he asked them to present the advantages of such a solution and what the vulnerabilities are.

“I have also invited the presidency to this consultation; it deemed that it will get involved after the drafting of a material that could be presented to the President,” Melescanu pointed out.

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