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ForMin Melescanu: Analysis on relocation of Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be sent this week to the Presidency, Government and Parliament”

The Foreign Ministry’s analysis regarding the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be sent to the Presidency, Government and Parliament this week, Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu announced on Tuesday. He pointed out that the analysis does not have a conclusion but mentions the advantages and disadvantages of such an overture.

Melescanu stated in Parliament that the analysis was finalised based on the materials that the ministry had at its disposal and that there are still several institutions that have not relayed their points of view.

“There are still several institutions that haven’t sent points of view. We will have to present it to the Government, President and Parliament this week. The decision will be taken by political decisionmakers based on the analysis. We will finalise the analysis this week and we will send it this week,” Teodor Melescanu stated.

Asked by journalist what is the conclusion of the analysis, the Foreign Minister said the analysis does not have conclusions and mentions only the advantages and disadvantages that must be “weighed” when taking the decision. He said that both the advantages and disadvantages are very many.

Likewise, asked about potential security risks, Melescanu said that they exist and represent one of the elements that must be considered.

President Klaus Iohannis stated on June 19 that a potential relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would cancel our country’s chances to be voted non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

“I know that a process of evaluation has started at the Government; the decision is not the Government’s. If they want to carry out an assessment, they can do so, however I am yet to receive any information on the stage of this assessment,” the Head of State said.

On May 20, the Foreign Minister said that the analysis on the advisability of relocating the embassy will be finalised within a month at the latest. “On each topic we see what the advantages and disadvantages of moving the embassy are. These 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,” the Foreign Minister said.

Deputy Premier Paul Stanescu was suggesting that the memorandum adopted by the Government in April could become public, the proposal in this sense having been discussed within the PSD’s National Standing Bureau. “Indeed, we discussed within the National Standing Bureau. President Dragnea raised this issue for us to study. And, if it can be done, I believe it would be good for the whole nation to know what we are discussing within the Government, because there’s no problem, we have no secrets. We are talking about Romania, not about persons or political groups,” Deputy Premier Paul Stanescu stated.

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on May 24, after a discussion with PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, that he does not support the declassification of the memorandum, but that it is the Prime Minister’s decision.

On May 17, Ludovic Orban lodged with the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) a criminal complaint against Premier Viorica Dancila and PSD leader Liviu Dragnea. The PNL leader accuses Dancila of “high treason, usurpation of office, the leaking of non-public information, and presenting – in bad faith – to the Romanian President inaccurate information meant to hide the committal of acts liable to harm the interests of the state,” over the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Ludovic Orban accuses Viorica Dancila of publicly revealing confidential information and of presenting to the Romanian President false information concerning the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Israel. The PICCJ declined the case toward DIICOT.


Alternative of new proposal for Romania’s Ambassador to Israel, considered


Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Melescanu stated on Tuesday that he is taking into account the alternative of a new proposal for the position of Romania’s ambassador to Israel, considering that he has not received any answer from President Klaus Iohannis at the proposal sent in March.

“We have not had any signal so far [on behalf of President Iohannis, ed.n.]. We will have to think of a solution though, as we cannot live such a position vacant for a too long period of time, including the possibility of coming with another candidacy. If we haven’t received an answer since March, we will try and see whether we can come with another candidacy. We do not lack candidates,” Melescanu said on Tuesday at the Senate.


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