Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen hosted ambassadors from the four countries that moved their embassies to Jerusalem, in a special ceremony celebratinf Jerusalem Day and 75 years of independence. Representatives from the United States, Guatemala, Honduras and Kosovo were at the event.
Speaking to i24NEWS at the event, Cohen said that he is “optimistic” that three more moves are on the way. A small number of nations followed the United States in moving their embassies to Jerusalem, after former president Donald Trump did so in 2018.
Several countries have mulled the idea of moving their diplomatic missions, but few followed through. The Dominican Republic, Suriname, Liberia, and Malawi are some countries to have stated their intentions.
In February, Papua New Guinea declared it will establish an embassy in Jerusalem, as its foreign minister Justin Tkachenko then informed Cohen. It would be the country’s first representation in Israel, and the process is expected to begin this year.
Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch hinted at her intention to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem this week, in a post in which she wrote “next year in Jerusalem.” She even commented on Swedish politics having been “characterized by an unbalanced and almost hostile attitude towards Israel,” and said, “I say it loud and clear – those days are over.”
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