Asked on Friday how he comments US President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel, Romanian foreign minister Teodor Melescanu answered that Romania has a consistent stance on this issue, meaning that a solution must be found through dialogue and that unilateral measures that might have a negative impact on the negotiations are not advisable.
“Romania’s stance is the one that has been consistent on the idea to establish two states, Israel and Palestine, which should leave neighborly. We think that this solution must be found through direct dialogue between the involved parties and there is also the idea that it’s good that one would not resort to unilateral measures that might have a negative impact on the negotiations,” said FM Melescanu on Friday while attending the opening of the public campaign “We are NATO”.
“In my opinion, the decision announced by the USA is an encouraging element, as President Trump is clearly giving the signal, besides the embassy relocation, on the US wish to get involved in finding a solution, and it particularly underlines the fact that, regarding Jerusalem’s issue, the situation of the two states in the region will be the object of negotiations and that, following solutions to be found, the legal statute of the two states and of Jerusalem will be jelled,” the head of the Romanian diplomacy added.
In its turn, the Embassy of the State of Israel to Bucharest has hailed Trump’s decision, stating that Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years, while adding that Israel calls on all countries to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassies there.
“We are grateful for President Donald Trump’s courageous and just decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and upon the establishment of the State of Israel, 70 years ago, the government chose Jerusalem as its capital.
In fact, since the exile of the Jews from their land 2,000 years ago, Jerusalem has not been the capital of any other country or people. This is a declaration of historic importance because it recognizes the fact that Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish tradition, history and religion. It is an important step forward for peace, for there is no peace that doesn’t include Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Israel calls all countries that seek peace to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move their embassies there.
As far as the status quo in the holy sites is concerned, Israel remains committed to guarantee the freedom of worship for Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, and we are hoping that our neighbours in the Arab world will see Jerusalem as a symbol of peace,” the Israeli ambassador to Romania, Tamar Samash said in a press release.