Moldova could be the first European country with an embassy in Jerusalem; PM Filip: It was a long overdue commitment to support our allies.
Moldova announced it would be the next country to move its embassy to Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Pavel Filip on Tuesday who took to Twitter to confirm “Today we adopted the decision to relocate the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It was a long overdue commitment to support our allies.”
Moldova is posed to be the first European country to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In March of this year, Romania and Honduras announced they would relocate their embassies to Jerusalem during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington DC. Hungary opened a trade office in Jerusalem earlier this year, one step ahead of a possible embassy move. Brazil also intends to move its embassy and at the end of 2018, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his country is prepared to relocate its embassy in Israel as well.
Currently, only the United States and Guatemala have openly declared their support for Israel’s autonomy and moved their embassies to Jerusalem. President Trump’s historical move served as a catalyst, alongside Prime Minister Netanyahu’s extensive diplomatic tours in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America to establish and strengthen Israel’s relations with the international community.