Czech leaders endorse Israeli embassy move to Jerusalem

Czech president, PM, parliament speaker and foreign and defense ministers announce opening of 'Czech House' as 'first step.'

AFP,

Milos Zeman
Milos Zeman
Reuters

Czech leaders on Wednesday endorsed moving the country's embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the US administration earlier this year.

In a joint statement, the Czech president, prime minister, parliament speaker and the foreign and defense ministers said the opening of a "Czech House" there in November would be "the first step in the plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem."

Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for the pro-Israeli President Milos Zeman, told AFP that the Czech House would shelter government institutions including the foreign ministry's Czech Center, the trade agency CzechTrade and tourism agency CzechTourism.

"The Czech House in Jerusalem will be ceremonially opened by Mr President during his visit to Israel in November," he said.

Zeman, 73, promoted the embassy move even before US President Donald Trump moved the US embassy to Jerusalem on May 14.

In May, the Czech Republic reopened its honorary consulate in Jerusalem following its closure in 2016 due to the death of the honorary consul.

The Czech Embassy has been in Tel Aviv since 1949, except during the interruption of diplomatic relations under the former communist regime in Prague between 1967 and 1990.


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