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Archive for September 13, 2018

Newsline: Czech Republic Considering Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

The Czech Republic is considering moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following a similar move by the United States earlier this year. The opening of a Czech cultural center in Jerusalem in November could be understood as a “first step,” a spokesman for President Milos Zeman said. He added that the move could only happen “in accordance with international law.” The United States riled Palestinians when it moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May. Zeman, the most important supporter of the plan to move the embassy to Jerusalem, is expected to hold an official visit to Israel in November.



Newsline: Croatia to open embassy in Seoul next month

Croatia is preparing to open an embassy in Seoul next month, spurred by an increased number of South Korean tourists there, a diplomatic source said Thursday. “It’s to open in Myeongdong in late October,” the source said, referring to a bustling district in central Seoul. It’s expected to focus on handling consular affairs and expanding bilateral ties amid growing interest in the Eastern European country among South Koreans. The Croatian embassy in Japan has covered major diplomacy on South Korea, which has an embassy in Zagreb, the Croatian capital. The two sides established diplomatic relations in 1992. Croatia has a consulate in Seoul as diplomatic representation.