Romanian president slams plan to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Iohannis steps in after PM Dăncilă announces country could become first EU state to follow US and Guatemala in relocating embassy

20 April 2018

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis Friday sharply criticized plans announced by the head of the ruling party to move the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Iohannis had “not been consulted or informed over this process,” his office said in a statement, adding that in his opinion the decision was “not based on firm, wide-ranging evaluations.”

On Thursday evening the head of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, told the Antena 3 TV channel: “The decision has been taken… procedures [for the move] have started.”