30 ambassadors to participate in celebrations of US Embassy transfer

Image of US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel [David Jones/Flickr]

The current US embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel

Out of 86 foreign ambassadors in Israel, 30 ambassadors responded to the invitation of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs to participate in the celebrations of the transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

The daughter of US President, Ivanka Trump, his son-in-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, and the US Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will attend the event which will be held next Sunday.

Among the 30 ambassadors who responded to the invitation, three are members of the European Union that already opposed it, namely Hungary, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Meanwhile, the Romanian and Austrian representatives have not yet replied to the invitation.

There are also ten countries that refused to participate in the celebrations; some of them refused for reasons related to principles, and others for technical reasons, including Russia, Egypt, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, Portugal and Sweden.

Haaretz newspaper pointed out that the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not invite members of the Knesset from the opposition; however, it invited members of the government, heads of committees of the Knesset, members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee of the Knesset and the rest of the governing coalition blocs.

It turned out that, with the exception of opposition leader Isaac Herzog and opposition members of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the rest of the Knesset members were not invited.

(Source / 12.05.2018)

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