RAMALLAH, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah called on Romania during a meeting with Romanian representative to Palestine Catalin Tirlea not to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, stressing that such a move would violate international law and UN resolutions, and destroy chances of peace and establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

According to a statement by Hamdallah’s office, the prime minister discussed with Tirlea the latest political developments in the region as well as bilateral relations.

He thanked Romania for its support for building Palestinian state institutions, stressing the importance of enforcing cooperation in fields of tourism, education and culture.

However, Liviu Dragnea, the president of the Chamber of Deputies and a member of Romania’s ruling party said Thursday that Romania will soon move its embassy to Jerusalem.

Speaking in an interview with the Romanian TV channel ANTENA 3, Dragnea revealed that the decision was made Wednesday night.

Romania will become the fourth country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely flew to Romania on April 10 in what her office described as the first leg of a campaign to persuade countries to move their embassies to Jerusalem.

Hotovely met in Bucharest with Romania’s prime minister and foreign minister, as well as with the heads of both houses of the parliament, including Dragnea.

She welcomed Dragnea’s announcement Thursday night and said it was clear from her meetings in Romania that the move was on the way.

Source: Nam News Network