Romania to be first European Union member to move embassy to Jerusalem?

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Iohannis said the authority to "make decisions relating to Romania's foreign policy" belongs to him.

"Our gesture has a huge symbolic value, first of all for a state that has a tremendous influence in the world, a state, Israel, with which we have special relationships for many years, a state in which over 500,000 Romanians live", Dragnea said in an interview with Romanian TV channel Antena 3.

"President Trump's decision to move his embassy here says simply that peace must be based on truth".

"I am pleased to say that there are at least half a dozen countries that are now talking seriously to us about moving their embassies to Jerusalem", Netanyahu said.

Dragnea insisted that moving the embassy was only a practical response to the fact that Jerusalem was the de facto seat of the Israeli government, and was a way to show the U.S. that Romania is a reliable ally.

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But neither the Romanian foreign ministry nor the office of Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă confirmed the initiation of any such procedures, according to AFP.

However, cabinet spokesperson Nelu Barbu told journalists on Wednesday that he hadn't seen any such document.

"A memorandum has been approved at the government meeting", Dancila told reporters. European Union officials said the bloc will recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital only following a mutually-agreed upon peace deal between that country and the Palestinian leadership, which also claims Jerusalem as their capital in a future state.

Dragnea came out in favor of the idea a year ago, soon after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and said the U.S. embassy would be relocated there. "Looking forward to moving our Embassy to Jerusalem next month!"

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