Jordanian King Cancels Romania Trip Over PM's Plan for Jerusalem Embassy

Romania's prime minister told AIPAC that the country would move its embassy in Israel, but the statement was strongly contradicted by the country's president

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Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Jordanian Royal Palace, March 24, 2019.
Jordan's King Abdullah II at the Jordanian Royal Palace, March 24, 2019.Credit: AFP
Jack Khoury
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King Abdullah II of Jordan has cancelled his planned trip to Romania in response to the Romanian prime minister's announcement that the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said during a speech before the AIPAC conference in Washington on Sunday that her country intends to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The statement was strongly contradicted by the country’s president, who opposes the move and has a final say on foreign policy issues.

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President Klaus Iohannis called Dancila “ignorant” for making the statement, which had received strong applause from those attending the pro-Israeli conference.

Last year, Dancila submitted a draft resolution to her cabinet to move the embassy, but ran into opposition from the country's president.

In January, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Dancila in Jerusalem and urged her to try and stop the European Union's "bad resolutions against Israel," as well as telling her he hoped Bucharest would move its embassy to Jerusalem.

King Abdullah met with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Washington earlier in March to discuss several strategic issues, among them the Trump administration's peace plan.

Jordan has emphasized dozens of times over the past two years that it will only support a peace plan that includes the creation of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. That remains the Kingdom’s official position.

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