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September 25, 2021

Premier Netanyahu’s visit to Romania postponed

The Embassy of Israel to Bucharest has confirmed for MEDIAFAX that Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed his visit to Romania due to other commitments. The visit was scheduled for August, and the postponement comes against the backdrop of discussions concerning the relocation of the Romanian embassy.

“Premier Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to pay an official visit to Romania, but the event will be rescheduled. Indeed, a G2G meeting was planned for the month of August, but Premier Netanyahu was forced to postpone his arrival in Romania due to other commitments. The Romanian Government has already been notified. Prime Minister Netanyahu has expressed the desire to come to Romania alongside an important official delegation that will intensify the relations between the two states,” reads the answer that Israeli Ambassador Tamar Samash gave to MEDIAFAX.

Information regarding the postponement of the visit was first revealed by Israeli journalist Attila Somfalvi.

The postponement of the visit comes against the backdrop of the talks regarding the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv, but also of the criminal complaint that PNL President Ludovic Orban filed against the Romanian Premier.

On April 25, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu during an official visit to the State of Israel. During his meeting with Premier Dancila, Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Romanian Government’s decision to adopt the framework for the launch of the debate on the relocation of the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem.

Subsequent to the announcement regarding the Romanian Government’s intention to relocate the Romanian embassy to Jerusalem, PNL President Ludovic Orban filed a criminal complaint in which he accused Liviu Dragnea and Premier Viorica Dancila of “divulging classified information, usurpation of office, and refusal to inform the Romanian President” about the Foreign Ministry’s memorandum on the relocation of the Romanian embassy.

In early June, DIICOT prosecutor started the in-rem probe into crimes of high treason and the leaking of classified information that jeopardises national security.

Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu has announced that the Foreign Ministry’s analysis on the advantages and disadvantages of relocating the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will be sent to the Presidency, Government and Parliament this week. Asked what the conclusions of the analysis are, Melescanu said that “there are no conclusions, there are advantages and disadvantages that will have to be weighed when the decision is taken.” Referring to potential security risks, he added that they “exist” and that this is “one of the elements that must be considered.”

On June 19, President Klaus Iohannis stated that a Government decision to relocate the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would cancel Romania’s chances of being voted as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

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