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PM Dancila pays visit to Israel amid row over relocating Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem sources say

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila will pay a visit to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday, official sources told local media, after the Government has adopted a memorandum last week Okaying the relocation of the Romanian Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which stirred an open row between the President and the ruling party.

After chairman of the ruling Social Democrat Party Liviu Dragnea had announced on Thursday night that Romania’s Embassy in Israel would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis retorted on Friday he hadn’t been informed or consulted about the Government’s intention to relocate the embassy.

Romania’s President has not been previously informed or consulted about this step. The Presidential Administration stresses this decision is not based on solid and thorough assessments. Such a step can be taken only following a deep analysis that should consider all of its consequences and foreign policy implications”, reads the Presidential Administration press release.

PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea announced on 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.

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