Romanian PM Viorica Dancila has started her official visit to Israel on Wednesday, talking to her Israeli counterpart about the relocation of Romania’s embassy to Jerusalem. According to a Gov’t press release, Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the action initiated by the Romanian Executive.
“The Israeli premier has hailed that Romania’s Government had adopted the framework to launch the debate on relocating Romania’s Embassy to Jerusalem,” reads the press release.
According to the release, a Romanian-Israeli partnerships on new technologies is to be concluding, paving the way for upcoming joint projects in such fields as research, helathcare, telemedicine or high-tech entrepreneurial innovation.
The two officials also discussed about the cooperation on defence strategy and cyber security.
At the same time, Dancila and Netanyahu talked about the prospect of holding the third high-level joint government session (G2G) this year, with the focus on organizing several business contacts.
Gov’t representatives in Bucharest told the mass media last week that the memorandum on relocating Romania’s embassy in Israel had been fowarded to the Foreign Ministry as “confidential document” and it will stay that way until a final decision.
“The classification decision has been taken for foreign policy reasons until the moment when consultation proceedings are concluded and the final decision is taken,” said the Gov’t.
PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea announced last Thursday night that the government had adopted a memorandum to start the procedures to the effective relocation of the Romanian Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The Gov’t has adopted a memorandum deciding the start of the procedure for the effective relocation of our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It may look like a less important thing. But our action has a huge symbolic value, first it is a symbolic value for a state that has a tremendous influence in the world, Israel, a state with which we have special relations for many years, a state where there are 500,000 Romanians and which has a high meaning for the American administration. We are practically the second country that does this. I think the relocation of the embassy to Jerusalem will bring benefits to Romania on short, medium and long term. We have to use this huge chance,” Dragnea told Antena 3 private broadcaster.