Jordan and Romania Not Best of Friends, Not Now Anyway!

Published March 25th, 2019 - 10:43 GMT
King Abdullah  (Twitter)
King Abdullah (Twitter)

King Abdullah has called off a planned trip to Romania following remarks by Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila that her country's embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem.

His Majesty decided to cancel his visit to Romania, which was scheduled to start Monday, in support of Jerusalem.

The King's visit to Romania, which holds the EU's rotating chairmanship, was scheduled to cover bilateral meetings with Romanian President and other Parliament officials, according to a statement by the Royal Hashemite Court.

King Abdullah was also scheduled to participate in a round of "Aqaba Meetings" that Jordan and Romania were supposed to be co-hosting.

On the sidelines of the visit, the two countries were also expected to sign an agreement and two memoranda of understanding in various arenas. A business forum for private sector representatives from the two countries was also scheduled to be held during the visit.

 

The Romanian prime minister promised Sunday in Washington that her country would move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, breaking with both the European position and apparently with her own country's president, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila made the announcement before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an influential pro-Israel lobby.

Her stance would align Romania with the US position under President Donald Trump, and it came on a day when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was beginning a Washington visit to include an AIPAC appearance and a meeting with Trump.

Nonetheless it marked an awkward break with the position of the European Union at a time when Bucharest holds the EU's rotating chairmanship, the news agency reported.

Adding to the uncertainty, Romania's centrist president Klaus Iohannis has opposed the move as a breach of international law. He has said that in any case, such a shift would require presidential approval, according to AFP.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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