Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity re­calls en­voys to 4 Eu­ro­pean coun­tries

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By ADAM RASGON

The Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity For­eign Min­istry re­called its am­bas­sadors to Ro­ma­nia, the Czech Re­pub­lic, Hun­gary and Aus­tria for con­sul­ta­tions on Wed­nes­day af­ter the Eu­ro­pean coun­tries’ top diplo­mats in Is­rael at­tended an event to celebrate the re­lo­ca­tion of the US Em­bassy in Is­rael from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On Sun­day, the am­bas­sadors of Ro­ma­nia, the Czech Re­pub­lic, Hun­gary and Aus­tria took part in a re­cep­tion hosted by the For­eign Min­istry to mark the open­ing of the US Em­bassy in Jerusalem.

The new US Em­bassy in Jerusalem of­fi­cially opened on Mon­day.

“Pales­tine’s am­bas­sadors in these coun­tries were re­called for con­sul­ta­tions about the stances [of the gov­ern­ments where they serve] and the de­gree of their com­mit­ment to the Eu­ro­pean Union’s po­si­tions, which we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate,” the PA For­eign Min­istry said, ac­cord­ing to Wafa, the of­fi­cial PA new site.

For sev­eral months prior to the re­lo­ca­tion of the US Em­bassy in Is­rael, the EU and Fed­er­ica Mogherini, its for­eign pol­icy chief, crit­i­cized Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s pledge to move the US’s diplo­matic head­quar­ters in Is­rael to Jerusalem.

The PA For­eign Min­istry also said the four Eu­ro­pean am­bas­sadors’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in the re­cep­tion on Sun­day con­sti­tuted “a grave vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and sev­eral UN res­o­lu­tions that af­firm that Jerusalem is oc­cu­pied land since 1967.”

The Ra­mal­lah-based Pales­tinian lead­er­ship has been fu­ri­ous since Trump an­nounced his in­ten­tion to re­lo­cate the US Em­bassy in Is­rael to Jerusalem.

The Pales­tini­ans have long hoped to build the cap­i­tal of a fu­ture Pales­tinian state in Jerusalem.

At a meet­ing in Ra­mal­lah on Mon­day, Ab­bas called the new em­bassy “a set­tle­ment out­post.”

On Tues­day, the PA For­eign Min­istry also re­called PLO Am­bas­sador to the US Husam Zom­lot.

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