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Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic block a joint statement of the EU condemning the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. MAE: EU statement opposing embassies’ move lacks equilibrium. President Iohannis announces he will invite ForMin Melescanu to explain standpoint related to statement of EEAS

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) on Saturday appreciated that the text of the European External Action Service (EEAS) saying European diplomatic offices in Israel shouldn’t move to Jerusalem lacks equilibrium.

“Considering the very complicated regional context and after a complex analysis of the text proposed to the member states of the European External Action Service for approval, MAE believes that the text lacks equilibrium, for it emphasis a single element, which is the moving of the European diplomatic offices in Israel to Jerusalem. We also want to mention that similar standpoints were also adopted by other EU member states, Hungary and the Czech Republic. After the analysis conducted at EEAS level, it was agreed to send a statement on behalf of the High Representative Federica Mogherini,” reads a MAE release.

The Times of Israel publication wrote in its online edition, while quoting the Israeli television Channel 10 the fact that Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary helped Israel on Friday to block a joint statement of the European Union condemning the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

According to the European diplomats and Israeli officials, the statement, initiated by France, was intended as a common standpoint of the European Union against the decision of Washington.

However, the objections made by Romania, the Czech Republic and Hungary helped Israel to stop this statement.

According to Channel 10, the statement draft said Jerusalem should be the capital of two states, Israel and Palestine, and that the status of Jerusalem should be solved solely through peace negotiations and that the EU member states should not follow USA’s example and move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

 

President Iohannis: I’ll invite Mr. Melescanu to explain standpoint related to statement of EEAS

 

President Klaus Iohannis announces that he will invite Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu to explain the standpoint Romanian representatives adopted during the discussion at the level of the European External Action Service regarding the relocation of diplomatic offices in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

He also pointed out that the Romanian Embassy can not be moved to Jerusalem without his consent.

“As regards this most recent case, which is related to the statement prepared by the European External Action Service (EEAS), I will call on the Foreign Minister to explain what they discussed and how the discussions went and what was the reason behind the standpoint they adopted. In what concerns the relocation of the Embassy, no actual steps were taken, because the Embassy cannot be moved without my consent. That’s it! No matter what, who says,” stated Iohannis.

The President said that by blocking the statement of the European External Action Service, Romania is “back at the edge of the Union”, despite the fact that Romanians do not have Euro-skeptic or anti-European views. He also appreciated that the PSD governance is “counter-efficient” and that the government plays “by ear.”

“By blocking a statement, suddenly Romania is back at the edge of the Union, alongside the other countries for which I have all due respect, but which are, basically, rather Euro-skeptical. I want to remind PSD that the Romanians are Europeans, pro-European, and these increasingly anti-European measures that the PSD takes, while having this counter-efficient governance, these measures really risk getting us out of Europe. Which is not something that we can accept. For it is not acceptable that PSD, this government that plays by ear, to take more and more a certain type of decisions, which I am sure are dictated by the Party rather than the Government, and to take us back to the edge of Europe. “Romanians want to be a part of the nucleus of Europe. Romanians do not want to have Euro-skeptic or anti-European views,” he said.

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