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Minister Melescanu: In one month’s time at most we’ll have conclusions of analysis on relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on Sunday, at the Palace of Parliament, that the analysis on the advisability of relocating the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be completed in a month’s time at most, admitting that there are some security risks.

“Within a reasonable timeframe [we will have the conclusions]. In a month’s time at most,” the Foreign Minister stated.

“[The analysis] is an extremely simple issue. On each topic we see what the advantages and disadvantages of moving the embassy are. The juridical domain – pro and con juridical issues, arguments; security issues, political issues, economic and social issues. We take them in turn. Basically, we concluded the security side, through the consultations we’ve had with other bodies, and now we’re focusing on the rest of the issues,” Melescanu added.

He also said that, from the standpoint of security, he cannot talk beforehand.

“The decision mustn’t be taken based solely on one element or another. It must refer to the overall advantages and disadvantages. Obviously, there are security risks, but it’s a point of view. We must see to what extent they are real or only at our level of perception,” the Foreign Minister added.

He also stated that, after the analysis is finalised, the three actors involved in Romania’s foreign policy – Parliament, Government and Presidency – must collaborate institutionally.

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