Equatorial Guinea is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the Israeli prime minister’s office said Friday, following the controversial lead of former US President Donald Trump.
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema announced the planned move in a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, Netanyahu’s office said.
The embassy is currently located in Herzliya, just outside the coastal metropolis of Tel Aviv.
"Prime Minister Netanyahu noted that Israel is continuing to deepen its cooperation with African countries and said that Israel is returning to Africa and Africa is returning to Israel in a big way"https://t.co/QMm9V5oG7j— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) February 20, 2021
Equatorial Guinea is only the second African country to announce it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following Malawi in November.
Breaking with a longstanding international consensus against recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital until the Palestinian conflict is resolved, Trump in December 2017 recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced he would move the US embassy.
Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden, has said he does not intend to overturn the relocation, which was carried out in May 2018.
We salute Equatorial Guinea's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel's capital. 🇬🇶 🇮🇱— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) February 20, 2021
This step is another sign of warming ties between Israel and African nations. https://t.co/SNUDKftjnG
Israel considers the holy city its eternal, indivisible capital, but the Palestinians want east Jerusalem, which Israel seized in the Six-Day War of 1967, as the capital of their future state.
Three African countries – Ivory Coast, Kenya and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) – have had embassies in Jerusalem in the past but all moved them after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
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