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Newsline: Representative of Romanian Embassy dies in Kabul after Taliban attack

A representative of the Romanian Embassy in Afghanistan died after a terrorist attack on a compound in the capital Kabul inhabited mostly by foreigners. Another Romanian citizen was severely wounded in this attack, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced. The head of Romania’s diplomatic mission in Afghanistan and the Embassy’s head of security were evacuated to a nearby military base. (https://www.romania-insider.com/romanian-dead-kabul-attack-september-2019) Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis and prime minister Viorica Dancila both condemned the Kabul attack and reaffirmed Romania’s commitment to continue fighting terrorism. The Taliban suicide attack took place on Monday night, September 2, and killed at least 16 people, injuring over 100 others. The attack took place just hours after the US said it would withdraw 5,000 troops from Afghanistan after talks with Taliban representatives in Qatar. A tractor rigged with explosives hit the compound’s wall damaging the houses in the vicinity.

Newsline: Jordanian King Cancels Romania Trip Over PM’s Plan for Jerusalem Embassy

King Abdullah II of Jordan has cancelled his planned trip to Romania in response to the Romanian prime minister’s announcement that the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said during a speech before the AIPAC conference in Washington on Mar. 24 that her country intends to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. (https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/jordan/.premium-jordanian-king-cancels-romania-trip-over-pm-s-plan-for-jerusalem-embassy-1.7048618) The statement was strongly contradicted by the country’s president, who opposes the move and has a final say on foreign policy issues. President Klaus Iohannis called Dancila “ignorant” for making the statement, which had received strong applause from those attending the pro-Israeli conference.

Newsline: Netanyahu urges Romanian PM to move embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday urged Romania and other EU countries to follow Washington’s lead and move their embassies to Jerusalem. Netanyahu made the call during talks in Jerusalem with Viorica Dancila, the prime minister of Romania, which this month took over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union. “I hope you will act to stop the bad resolutions against Israel in the EU, and also of course to move your embassy and other embassies to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told Dancila. “We wait for you in Jerusalem.” Last year the Romanian government, supported by the speaker of its parliament, adopted a draft proposal to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Newsline: Romania’s Ambassador To U.S. In Trouble

Romania’s ambassador to the United States is in trouble with his superiors after he criticized a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer about Romania’s leaders. George Maior was recalled to Bucharest by the Foreign Ministry to discuss remarks he made about a letter penned from Rudy Giuliani and published by Romanian media on August 27. In the letter addressed to President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, Giuliani wrote he was concerned about “continued damage to the rule of law in Romania, committed under the pretext of law enforcement.” He also criticized what he called the “excesses” of Romania’s anticorruption agency and the country’s Intelligence Service. Maior, who has been ambassador to Washington since 2015 and is a former head of the Intelligence Service, responded by saying Giuliani’s letter resulted from “a lobby initiated by people interested in defending figures who have problems with the justice system.” “Ambassador George Maior had a stance that was not approved at the central level in the Foreign Ministry or the government and it does not represent the Romanian Foreign Ministry’s stance,” a ministry statement said. “His role is to promote the national interest … and he is required to abstain from public statements that can negatively affect bilateral relations with other states.” It wasn’t immediately clear why exactly Giuliani was wading into Romanian politics. Though he is currently Trump’s personal lawyer, he has no official position in the Trump administration.


Newsline: Israeli PM welcomes Romania’s stand on Jerusalem embassy

Israel’s prime minister has thanked his visiting counterpart from Romania for her government’s stand on possibly moving Romania’s embassy to Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu met Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila who is on a two-day visit. Netanyahu’s statement on Wednesday welcomed the “Romanian government’s approval of a draft decision on initiating the transfer of the Romanian Embassy to Jerusalem.” Earlier this month, Liviu Dragnea of the Social Democratic Party which effectively runs Romania’s government, said Bucharest is ready to follow the U.S. and move its embassy to Jerusalem. But Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, who is in charge of foreign policy, later downplayed the announcement.


Newsline: Romania to move Israeli embassy to Jerusalem

The Romanian government has approved a memorandum to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democrats said. If confirmed, the move would put Romania among the first countries to take this step after the United States. US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December and announced the upcoming move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump’s decision infuriated Arab allies and dismayed Palestinians who see the East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


Newsline: Foreign minister protests Hungarian flag at Romanian embassy

Romania’s foreign minister said he would summon the Hungarian ambassador to express his discontent after the flag of a group seeking autonomy within his country was draped over Romania’s national emblem at its embassy in Budapest. Teodor Melescanu called on Hungarian authorities to “guarantee the inviolability and integrity of Romanian missions and their staff.” The incident came days after Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose angered Hungarians with provocative comments about autonomy efforts by Szeklers, an ethnic Hungarian group who live in Romania.