Government turmoil aside, Moldovan premier declares embassy move to Jerusalem

June 12, 2019 by JNS
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Amid turmoil within Moldova’s government, the country’s prime minister announced on Tuesday that the Moldovan embassy in Israel will be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as the Cabinet of Minister approved the sale of the plot of land for its construction.

Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“Today we adopted the decision to relocate the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It was a long overdue commitment to support our allies,” tweeted Pavel Filip.

“We are in a situation in which we have to approve these decisions in an urgent manner, given the political instability and uncertainty in the country, as one of the political parties has been always blocking these two important decisions while trying to take over the power illegally,” said Filip in a statement.

The development came as Moldovan President Igor Dodon axed a decree for a snap parliamentary vote on Tuesday as heads of his Socialists and the pro-European Union ACUM group agree to form a governing coalition to keep Moldovan politician, businessman and philanthropist Vladimir Plahotniuc from the levers of power.

However, Plahotniuc’s Democratic Party doesn’t recognize the coalition and claims that Filip, who was prime minister prior to February’s election, is still the leader.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Sunday that the United States “calls on all Moldovan parties to show restraint and to agree on a path forward through political dialogue.”

JNS

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