Netanyahu and Zeman
Netanyahu and ZemanKobi Gideon/GPO

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening welcomed the announcement by the Czech Republic that it will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

"‏I thank my good friend, Czech President Milos Zeman, for the important declaration that the Czech embassy will move to Jerusalem. I hope that the decision will be implemented quickly. I look forward to welcoming President Zeman here in Israel with the great respect that he deserves," Netanyahu wrote on Facebook.

Zeman made the announcement about the embassy move earlier on Wednesday during a festive event attended by Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.

"A few years ago, I said that our embassy should be transferred to Jerusalem. The time has come," he said.

The Czech Republic had previously announced that it will open a consulate in Jerusalem.

The Czech Republic recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis later ruled out Zeman’s suggestion that the Czech Republic would follow the United States’ example and move its embassy to Jerusalem, saying Trump’s move “is not good. You can see the reactions.”