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PM Dancila’s announcement on Romania’s Embassy in Israel relocation to Jerusalem stirs wave of reactions

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Sunday announced that Romania’s Embassy in Israel will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Romania’s Government initiated an assessment process regarding the opportuneness of moving Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem. This is why, I am delighted to announced today, before the AIPAC audience, that after the completion of the analysis by all the constitutional actors involved in the decision-making process of my country and in full consensus, I, as Romania’s Prime Minister and the Government that I lead, we’ll move Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” she stated  within the Conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which took place in the US.

Viorica Dancila brought to mind that US President Donald Trump opened the Embassy of the US to Jerusalem and appreciated this demarche as “an admirable and courageous” one.

“This admirable and courageous step impressed me, my Government and the Romanian people. The relocation of the US Embassy is emblematic and proves the strong link of values between the American people and the Israeli people. Moreover, this gesture launched a refection process at international level,” she mentioned.

Viorica Dancila mentioned that Israel and the US are “special strategic partners of Romania and great friends of the Romanian people.” She brought to mind that last year, Romania celebrated 70 years of interrupted diplomatic relations with Israel. Furthermore, she underscored that Romania shows its “openness for continuing the peace dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians.

“In the ’60s and ’70s when other countries interrupted the relation with Israel, we strengthened it. We did a correct thing, we did what was needed to be done. Because friendship has value when it’s needed. We remained an important voice during the peace process, especially the Camp David one, which led to the peace between Israel and Egypt. Romania shows its openness to continue the peace dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians,” she stated.

Viorica Dancila also stated that a joint meeting of Romania’s and Israel’s Governments is to take place. She also mentioned that she is determined to contribute to “a closer relation of Israel with the entire European Union”, in the context in which Romania holds the EU Council Presidency.

 

President Iohannis: Premier Dancila proves once again total ignorance in field of foreign policy

 

President Klaus Iohannis believes that, through the statements on the relocation of the Romanian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila “demonstrates once again her total ignorance in the field of foreign policy,” according to a press release of the Presidential Administration sent on Sunday.

“The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, believes that today’s statements regarding the move of the Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila once again demonstrates her total ignorance in the field of foreign policy and as regards the making of important decisions of the Romanian State. Out of a desire to claim a decision that does not belong only to the Romanian Government, as she wishes to leave the impression, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila hurries in making public announcements without there being a decision in this respect,” the Presidential Administration states.

The quoted source specifies that the decision to move the Embassy of Romania from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will take place only after the conclusion of the analysis that is being currently carried out and only with the approval of all the institutions with responsibilities in the field of foreign policy and national security.

“The final decision belongs to the President of Romania, who is, according to the Constitution, the holder of Romania’s foreign policy decisions and a representative of our country at the external level,” reads the press release.

At the same time, the Presidential Administration maintains that until now it has not received the analysis that has been repeatedly announced by the Government.

President Klaus Iohannis once again calls on the Government and the Prime Minister to show responsibility in the governing act.

 

Dancila, disappointed for  the Presidential Administration’s reaction: I said all constitutional steps should be taken

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila on Sunday night told private TV broadcaster Antena 3 that when she talked about moving the Romanian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem she mentioned that such a thing would only take place when all the steps enshrined in the Constitution are taken.

“In my speech I spoke about moving the embassy to Jerusalem but (…) I did formulate it in a proper manner, I said we must take all the constitutional steps. I didn’t say: I will move the embassy. I said we must observe the Constitution,” Viorica Dancila said.

She expressed her disappointment on  the Presidential Administration’s reaction following her speech in the United States of America.

“I think that the president’s statement and the way he voiced himself, talking about ignorance, about the fact that the Romanian Premier has no idea about the steps, only disappointed me. Because I had a correct approach and I took into consideration the fact that the Constitution must be observed. The fact that in my opinion we must take this step, this is another matter, but it is a personal opinion, the important thing is to observe the Constitution,” the Premier mentioned.

In her opinion, President Klaus Iohannis should analyse the whole context and make the best decision for Romania.

“The fact that we want the embassy to be moved, the fact that we want to be close to the United States of America and Israel does not move us away from the European Union or the EU Member States. Whatever I can do in this respect, as Prime minister, I will do. (…) The final decision according to the Constitution is up to the president,” Viorica Dancila added.

 

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PSD President: Topic must be tackled within CSAT and decision must be taken.  Dragnea states he doesn’t know the reasons behind the cancellation of the Jordanian King’s visit

 

Referring to the announcement on the relocation of Romania’s  embassy to Jerusalem, PSD President Liviu Dragnea stated on Monday, after PSD’s Executive Committee meeting, that a discussion on this topic is necessary within the Supreme Defence Council (CSAT), and a decision must be taken.

“Yes, I’ve seen this analysis (the Foreign Ministry’s – editor’s note). I didn’t find it to be an analysis that points to a certain option. It’s a good analysis, but it doesn’t have the finality I wanted, one way or another. But the embassy relocation topic is one that must be finalised by the political decisionmakers. I’ve stated my opinion. The decision doesn’t lie with me, nor with the Senate Speaker. On the other hand, within a reasonable time, this topic must be tackled within the CSAT, and a decision must be taken. The Premier has expressed a point of view for which we’ve assumed responsibility, and the Government also supports it. In my opinion, Israel has the right to decide where its capital is. A discussion is necessary. An exchange of statements alone doesn’t help,” Liviu Dragnea stated after the ExCom meeting, when asked for his comments on Premier Viorica Dancila’s announcement regarding the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The PSD leader criticised President Klaus Iohannis for his refusal to nominate an ambassador to Israel.

“I believe that not appointing an ambassador – for two years – to a country with which we have diplomatic relations never happened before in our history. The Presidency has refused to post a man there. Maybe he’ll ask for this analysis. With or without the analysis received, the President must generate this discussion within the CSAT. He doesn’t answer an important topic just like he doesn’t answer many other topics, unfortunately,” Dragnea added.

Asked what Romania stands to gain from relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, the PSD President said: “Romania gains a special relationship with Israel. There are moments in any country’s history when it needs support. We have very good relations with China because many, many years ago Romania was one of the countries that recognised China. There is a very great development potential between Romania and Israel. 500,000 Romanians are living there. There are very many investments which can be brought from there. Likewise, it’s the U.S.’s desire. What hurts us the most is that this discussion doesn’t end. It’s only open, and it doesn’t close.”

PSD President Liviu Dragnea pointed out on Monday, after the PSD’s ExCom meeting, that he does not know the causes and reasons for the Jordanian King’s decision to cancel his visit to Romania, but pointed out that our country will continue to have a good relationship with the Arab states.

“Romania has and will continue to have a good relationship with the Arab states. I don’t know what the causes and reasons are. I don’t know which the real information is, that he has asked for a point of view whether the embassy is being relocated or not. It’s an open subject. In history, Romania has adopted very many important positions that brought very many advantages to it,” Liviu Dragnea stated after PSD’s National Executive Committee meeting.

Asked how can the Head of Government take a decision that belongs in fact to the Romanian President, the PSD leader replied: “Well, what’s the problem? The President has many decisions that he isn’t taking. We were talking about the advisability of relocating the embassy, and I said we must discuss within the CSAT because all the institutions dealing with state security are there. Nobody wants to take the decision away from Mr Iohannis’s little hands. Really, nobody. But President Klaus Werner Iohannis must say: I want to appoint a Romanian ambassador to Israel or I don’t; I want to relocate the Romanian embassy. Why doesn’t he?”

 

Traian Basescu, after the announcement on relocating the embassy in Israel: Starting from today, Romania’s foreign policy is “dancilized” and is in danger of becoming insignificant

 

Traian Basescu stated on Monday that Romania’s foreign policy is “dancilized” from now on, being in danger of becoming insignificant; he referred to PM Viorica Dancila’s announcement made in the USA on relocating our country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“The dancilization of the foreign policy. Relying on the fact that she is stupid, some American lobbyists invited Dancila to a Holocaust commemoration event. Dancila thought this is the chance of her life to take a stand on American ground and recited the instructions received from Dragnea, without understanding the effect of her own speech. She promised anything Dragnea believed that may impress the audience n a positive way to his own interest, seriously ignoring European Union’s unitary and solidary position, as well as Romania’s balanced foreign policy in the Middle East.

“The announcement that the Romanian Government will relocate the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has excited the enthusiasm of the audience, but throwed to the garbage 50 years of Romanian foreign policy in the Middle East. The implications of the announcement are serious, because they radically change Romania’s foreign policy in the Middle East, making us be singular inside the European Union by not observing the resolutions of the UN Security Council. By a mimicry that is specific to monkeys, Dragnea and Dancila believe they can do what the Americans did. I’m not saying they can’t do it, they can do it, but at extraordinary credibility costs for Romania. USA can keep the Arab world in check by their economic and military force, while Romania lost the respect and trust of the Arab world:, Traian Basescu wrote on Facebook on Monday.

“After seeing the effects of her speech, Dancila remembered that the head of the foreign policy is the Romanian President, and an embassy may only be established by a presidential decree. The first extremely strong political signal is the cancelation of the state visit of King Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the circumstances in which King Abdullah is the most balanced and respected head of state of the Arab world, he is the best partner of USA in the Arab world and a great friend of Romania. Dragnea and Dancila have disregarded Romania’s interests because of their servility and against a smile received from the other side of the ocean, and this is what I say, a politician who supports, respects, admires and loves Israel and its people. Starting from today, Romania’s foreign policy is dancilized and is in danger of becoming insignificant, because Dragnea’s interest is the one that is strictly achieved, instead of Romania’s interest. This is a big wickedness”, the former head of state added.

 

Ludovic Orban: We request PM Viorica Dancila’s resignation after the new monumental blunder she made during the private visit in the USA. Perhaps it wouldn’t have taken place if DIICOT would have made a real investigation

 

PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Monday that his party is asking for PM Viorica Dancila’s resignation after her statement on the relocation of the Romanian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Orban appreciated that if DIICOT would have made a real investigation related to the context of adopting and publicly announcing the memorandum on the relocation of the embassy, perhaps such a new monumental blunder made by a representative of Romania wouldn’t have taken place.

“We request PM Viorica Vasilica Dancila’s resignation after the new monumental blunder she made during her private visit in the USA. PM’s statement causes new negative consequences on Romania’s international relations. For several months, there is a team struggling for Romania to get the status of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Mrs. Dancila’s statement blows the efforts of the Romanian diplomacy to obtain this honorable position for Romania”, Ludovic Orban stated after the meeting of the PNL Executive Bureau.

He mentioned the immediate reaction, namely the cancelation of the visit of a head of state as a result of Viorica Dancila’s statements.

“At the EU level, Romania’s image will definitely be deeply affected, since I remind Mrs. Dancila she is not speaking as a private person, but as the PM of the country that holds the presidency of the EU Council. (…) There’s no room anymore for perplexities, or shrugging your shoulders, or condescending smiles towards the multiple blunders made by Dancila. There’s no room anymore for mistaking the names of various capital cities or crippling the names of the Prime Ministers of the countries with which you have bilateral relations. This is a statement on an extremely delicate subject on which Viorica Dancila is not entitled in any way to make such statements, because according to the Romanian Constitution, the head of the foreign policy, the one who takes foreign policy decisions is the Romanian President”, the PNL leader also stated.

Ludovic Orban said that perhaps this blunder wouldn’t have taken place if the Directorate for investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) would have investigated the context of adopting the memorandum on the relocation of the embassy.

“If DIICOT would have made a real investigation related to the context of the adoption and publicly announcing the memorandum, perhaps such a new monumental blunder of a representative of Romania wouldn’t have taken place”, the PNL leader stated, referring to the complaint for high treason which he submitted on May 17, 2018 to the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) against PM Viorica Dancila and the PSD leader Liviu Dragnea.

Later, the DIICOT prosecutors closed the case related to the offenses of high treason, disclosing a secret that endangers the national security and usurping an official position.

 

Turcan (PNL): Viorica Dancila must resign immediately; she mustn’t be allowed to talk about Romania’s international relations

 

PNL First Vice President Raluca Turcan stated on Monday that the King of Jordan’s decision to cancel his visit to Romania, following Premier Viorica Dancila’s announcement regarding the relocation of the Romanian embassy, is “of the utmost gravity.” Turcan states that Dancila must not be allowed to talk about Romania’s international relations and must resign. “She does not know, she does not understand, she has no prerogatives,” Turcan said.

“Viorica Dancila, resign! Viorica Dancila must not be allowed to talk about Romania’s international relations! She does not know, she does not understand, she has no prerogatives! Jordanian King Abdullah II has cancelled his official visit to Romania because of the irresponsible and outrageous statements regarding the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In diplomatic language, the cancellation of such a visit, when the King was already on the aeroplane’s stairway, is a signal of utmost gravity!”, PNL First Vice President Raluca Turcan wrote on Facebook on Monday.

According to her, three accords between Romania and Jordan, in the judiciary, healthcare and education domains, will no longer be signed because of Viorica Dancila.

“Romania has become a DISGRACE at international level because of the blunders of a dilettante Premier. Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu shares the blame. He has tolerated and continues to tolerate the Premier’s foreign policy mistakes. Viorica Dancila must immediately resign,” Turcan wrote.

 

European Commission spokesperson on embassy relocation: EU position remains unchanged

The European Commission has reacted in connection with the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic pointing out that the EU position remains unchanged and that European leaders have taken note of the statements made by Premier Viorica Dancila and President Klaus Iohannis.

“The EU position remains unchanged. We have seen what the Prime Minister has said. Likewise, we have seen the President’s reaction. So, let us leave things as they are. (…) We have regular contacts with the member states as regards topics of interest,” said Maja Kocijancic, Spokesperson of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, Mediafax informs.

 

PLUS leader Ciolos: Romania takes dissonant stance to EU

 

PLUS Chairman Dacian Ciolos considers that through the planned move of the Romanian embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, as per the recent announcement made by Premier Dancila, Romania decides without any prior consultation to take a dissonant position towards the European partners exactly as it exercises the Presidency of the Council of the EU.

“As a full member of the European Union, Romania is currently exercising the Presidency of the Council of the EU. From this position, in disregard of the EU common foreign policy, Romania decides without any prior consultation to take a dissonant position towards the European partners. This is clear proof of the hypocrisy in the PSD rhetoric, which claims a pseudo-independence from the European interests for Romania’s benefit, when in fact they act unscrupulously in favor of private interests unknown to the Romanian public,” Dacian Ciolos said as cited in a PLUS release this Monday.

In the same context, PLUS considers that the announcement made by Romania’s Prime Minister proves lack of knowledge of the Constitution, of the diplomatic protocol and, at the same time, ignorance of the country’s strategic interests.

“The PSD-ALDE coalition has been complaining in recent years of having a difficult collaboration with President Klaus Iohannis. Yet by ignoring the Constitution and the President’s role in foreign policy, the ruling parties are the ones that show ill-intent. Isolating the President of Romania, excluding him from the role assigned to him by the fundamental laws and permanent pestering is the only policy understood by this harmful coalition that has seized Romania and attempts to get it off its European track. Externally, such behavior could have dramatic consequences for our country,” the release reads.

The PLUS leader also argues that Romania must return to its established role as a neutral mediator among the Middle East actors and put the country’s long-term interests above all.

 

Palestinian ambassador to Bucharest: PM Dancila destroys the hope that Romania would become a member of the UN Security Council . She is trying to play a game that she cannot play

 

Through her statement on the relocation of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Premier Viorica Dancila will destroy Romania’s hope to be voted by the Arab states as a member of the UN Security Council, Palestinian Ambassador to Romania Fuad Kokaly has said. He believes that Viorica Dancila “is trying to play a game that she cannot play.”

“I believe the effects are felt starting today, but it’s not just about the Palestinians, it’s about all Arabs. They won’t accept such a step. As you know, we support Romania because your country is a candidate for the UN Council. We have promised to support Romania’s bid to obtain a mandate. I believe Dancila will destroy Romania’s hope to become a member of the Security Council,” the Arab official stated for RealitateaTV.

According to him, Viorica Dancila’s statement does not represent Romania’s position, and it also contravenes international norms and international law and is a sensitive issue for Arabs, Muslims and Christians.

“Mrs Dancila is trying to play a game she cannot play. It’s about the elections campaign in Israel; she wants to support Netanyahu. Romania still observes international law and the “two-state” solution and supports the EU position, especially since it currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, and will keep the promises it previously made. Romania will continue to observe the EU’s position and international law, and believes in the two-state solution, and the statute of Jerusalem is in the process of negotiation. Romania is trying to play a role to take the Israelis to the negotiations,” Fuad Kokaly added for  RealitateaTV.

 

Gov’t: US Vice President Pence thanked PM Dancila for intention to move Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila met on Monday in Washington with US Vice President Mike Pence, occasion on which the US official thanked the Romanian Prime Minister “for the standpoint expressed in relation to Romania’s intention to move its Embassy to Jerusalem and for supporting and committing to the transatlantic tie,” a Government release issued on Monday informs.

According to the quoted source, the US Vice President announced he will tour Eastern Europe, occasion on which he will also pay a visit to Romania.

“The discussions were carried out in an open ambiance, of mutual trust and focused on the topics tackled on the occasion of the phone conversation, on 11 March 2019. Prime Minister Viorica Dancila assured the US Vice President of Romania’s commitment to strengthen and develop the bilateral Strategic Partnership, with a special emphasis on intensifying economic exchanges and increasing the US investment presence in Romania. The two high officials recognised the important role which the cooperation between the Romanian and US servicemen has, in Europe and theaters of war around the world, in terms of strengthening peace and security, as well as defending the values which unite the two countries,” the Government release mentions.

Viorica Dancila reconfirmed the strong commitment of Romania’s Government to continue and develop the endowment programme of the Romanian Army and voiced satisfaction for the cooperation with the US from this point of view.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the Conference of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) which takes place in Washington.

 

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