The interim government of Moldova announced it will be moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Interim Prime Minister Pavel Filip additionally pledged to push forward with a land deal for constructing a new American embassy in Moldova. He tied both decisions to the political unrest, in which pro-Russian and pro-European Union parties have been in a deadlock trying to oust Filip’s ruling party since elections in February.
Moldova’s embassy move would make it the first European country to have its official representation in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority quickly condemned Moldova’s move.
Hanan Ashrawi of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation executive committee called on the EU to take action against Moldova, which is not an EU member.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry expressed concern on late June 13 over Moldova’s decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is of key importance in a fair and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, it said in a statement.
It said Turkey has called on the international community to abide by UN decisions on Jerusalem and to respect the city’s historic and legal status.
Israel has been trying to convince nations to transfer their missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. So far, only the U.S. and Guatemala have moved their embassies.
U.S. President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec. 6, 2017 and on May 14, 2018 relocated the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.