TEL AVIV – Moldova will relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Filip government said Tuesday, making it the first European country to have its embassy in Jerusalem.
The announcement comes amid a constitutional crisis that resulted last week in the ousting of the president, Igor Dodon, and dissolution of parliament by acting prime minister Pavel Filip.
Filip said in a tweet that the move was a “long overdue commitment to support our allies.”
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. https://t.co/LJWnXtWMOy
— Pavel Filip (@filip_pavel) June 11, 2019
The cabinet of ministers has also approved the sale of the land for the construction of a new US Embassy in the capital of Chisinau.
“We are in the situation to urgently adopt these decisions taking into account the political instability and uncertainty in the country, but also the latest political developments whereas one of the political parties that constantly blocked these two projects is attempting an illegal takeover of power,” Filip said in a statement.
“These are two commitments that we have previously undertaken and we want to make sure they will be respected, regardless of what happens after the snap elections.”
Filip announced new elections for September.
“Both projects are commitments undertaken by the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Government acted in order to avoid their long term blockage by the political crisis in the country,” he added.