Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu announced that within a maximum of one month the analysis regarding the possible relocation of Romania’s Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could be finalised.
Asked on Sunday in Parliament whether the analysis of the relocation is underway, Melescanu replied: “Yes, certainly. It is a very simple matter. W are pondering which are the advantages and the disadvantages of relocating the embassy on each topic. (…) As regards (…) security, we have reached a conclusion, through the consultations we have had with other bodies. We are now focusing on the other topics, economic, social and legal.”
Also asked about a deadline for the analysis, Melescanu specified: ” Yes, there is a reasonable timeframe, probably one month.”
The Foreign Affairs Minister also said that Romania needs to have a coherent message on the matter of the embassy’s possible relocation.
“Our stance is clear. We need an analysis, that we are carrying out, in order to reach a decision to be presented to political decision-makers, so that we have a clear message on behalf of Romania on this issue. (…) What we are interested in at this stage is to have a coherent message as a member country of the European Union, and then we will certainly consult with Brussels, with our strategic allies,” Melescanu showed.
As regards the statements made by President Klaus Iohannis and those of the Government and the Social Democratic Party (PSD, major at rule, ed.n.) on this matter, Minister Melescanu said: “Everybody has points of view, politicians in particular have the right to express ideas and have standpoints. What is asked of us, as speciality body, is to provide arguments for their point of view, otherwise each of us has a certain leaning towards one solution or the other. We do not believe this should be done based on some leanings we have, but based on a very serious analysis.”
At the same time, Melescanu specified that the analysis conducted on this issue will be presented “to all political decision-makers”, adding he cannot reveal what was found on security from the analysis that has been finalised.
“I cannot prejudge, because the decision should not be made based upon one element or the other. The decision should refer to all the advantages and the disadvantages. (…) There are certainly risks, both as concerns security and from other points of view. We must see to what extent they are real or they are only at our own level of perception and analysis,” Melescanu added.
On the other hand, he referred to the Palestinian ambassador to Romania being recalled as “a natural thing.”
“It is a natural thing. Any state has the right to recall ambassadors for consultations in the Capital. As far as we are concerned, it is standard practice. As for us, we want our charge d’affaires in Ramallah to continue his activity. (…) Precisely at a time when there are many issues being discussed about Palestine, I believe an ambassador’s best contribution is to stay in the country where he/she is appointed and look for solutions, present arguments, because in the end they also have their arguments that we should take into account,” Melescanu said.
“In general, on main themes that we have, embassies have done their job”
Referring to the assessment of Romania’s embassies abroad, he stated that, in general, these “have done their job.”
Asked whether the Foreign Ministry (MAE) had completed the assessment of Romania’s ambassadors abroad, including of Romania’s ambassador to the USA, George Maior, Melescanu said “We do not make the assessment of the ambassadors, it is a wrong approach. I do not accept it, because the ambassador is only the head of a diplomatic representation and you cannot say that he is good or bad, it depends on how each embassy has worked: is it doing its job well or badly. (…) In general, on the main themes that we have, the embassies have done their job. In connection with the problems related to other ambassadors who have had positions in Romania, there are issues that do not concern us, they are not the subject of the analysis,” Melescanu said.
“We have several categories, we have very large embassies, which are composed of 10-15 people, we have embassies that are composed of one person, so we have to see that the activity is not the same, it depends on the staff each embassy has, but also on the country where it operates. Obviously, in more distant countries, our interests are lower than in Europe and North America,” Melescanu said.
On the other hand, the minister of foreign affairs brought to mind that Romania has no ambassador to Israel.
Asked whether he made a new nomination to the head of state regarding the position of Romania’s ambassador to Israel, Melescanu replied: “I have not made a new nomination, I made a proposal to appoint an ambassador to Israel in March this year, which was approved by the Prime Minister and sent to the President. So far, we have not received any answers.”
He said that the person proposed to take up this position is Monica Gheorghita.
As to the fact that the head of state said he had not received this proposal, Melescanu said that the nomination was sent to the president by military post, as it is customary.