The United States will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday in a highly anticipated move that has sparked Palestinian anger and raised the ire of the European Union. However, Sunday’s gala in honour of the embassy move, hosted by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, will see representatives from across the world, including four from the EU which voiced opposition to the move, haaretz.com reports.
Though Egypt and most EU nations will skip event, there will be representatives from all parts of the word.
These are the countries that will attend tonight’s event together with a U.S. delegation that includes U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who landed earlier: Albania, Angola, Austria, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Macedonia, Burma, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Serbia, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine, Vietnam, Paraguay, Tanzania and Zambia.
The official U.S. delegation is headed by deputy secretary of state, John J. Sullivan, and will also include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and 12 members of Congress.
The event will be boycotted by most European Union ambassadors in Israel, the same source informs.
Romania’s charge d’affaires will attend. MAE confirms, says no invitation received
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson confirmed for ziare.com the presence to the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem of Ovidiu Ierulescu, the charge d’affaires of the Romanian Embassy in Israel.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that a representative of the Romanian embassy in Israel will attend the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s reception on Sunday at the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
However, the MAE announces that it has not received any invitation to attend the official opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
“A representative of the Embassy of Romania in Israel will attend the reception organized by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on May 13, 2018. No invitation to participate has been received to the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem,” a press release issued on Sunday by MAE reads.
President Klaus Iohannis said, while in Blaj on Saturday, that the Government had not consulted him when it blocked a joint EU declaration condemning the relocation of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Klaus Iohannis said the decision taken by the ruling coalition is unfounded and does not serve Romania’s European interests.
Israel, aided by several European nations, on Friday thwarted plans for a European Union statement condemning the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Channel 10 news reported, timesofisrael.com reports.
European diplomats and Israeli officials said the statement, initiated by France, sought to present a unified European front against Washington’s move.
But objections by Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania helped Jerusalem stop the statement.