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Liviu Dragnea explains visit to Israel: PM Netanyahu expressed his desire for Romania to be the first European country to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem

In a report made public on Wednesday, House Speaker Liviu Dragnea explains the details of the visit he paid to Israel alongside Premier Viorica Dancila on April 25-26, a visit that has sparked a conflict with President Klaus Iohannis, the latter demanding the Premier’s resignation. The document shows that Liviu Dragnea informed the Israeli President and the Israeli Premier about the memorandum that the Romanian Government adopted on the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, letting them know that “the relevant Romanian actors” were informed and the memorandum observed the constitutional order.

The four-page report, which is dated May 8 and bears the Lower House’s letterhead, also shows that House Speaker Liviu Dragnea was in Israel on April 25-26 at the invitation of Premier Benjamin Netanyahu, against the backdrop of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Romanian-Israeli diplomatic relations and the 70 anniversary of the independence of Israel. The visit included meetings with the Israeli Premier and with President Reuven Rivlin, and the talks focused on bilateral dialogue, sectoral cooperation, economic cooperation and the situation in the Middle East, the document shows.

Likewise, the report shows that another topic concerned the relocation of the Romania embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the Israeli Premier expressed his desire for Romania to be the first European country to relocate its embassy.

“Mentioned on this occasion were the overtures that the Romanian Government has initiated by adopting, during the Government meeting, a Memorandum on the proposed launch of the process of relocating the Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem,” reads the report.

The document also points out that Liviu Dragnea informed the Israeli President and the Israeli Premier that this overture is backed by the PSD-ALDE ruling coalition and the memorandum was discussed in Romania with all decisionmakers.

“It was mentioned that the Romanian side has already informed its partners about the existence of ongoing consultations on this topic, both at government level and with other relevant actors, the Memorandum observing the constitutional order,” the document reads.

“House Speaker Liviu Dragnea’s official visit to Israel has represented an important step in the consolidation of Romanian-Israeli dialogue, outlining the importance of deepening bilateral relations in various domains,” the document points out at the end.

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