Malawi to be first African nation to open embassy in Jerusalem – Cleveland Jewish News

Posted By on November 5, 2020

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced in a video message on Tuesday that his country intends to establish a permanent embassy in Jerusalem by next summer.

The message was delivered by Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka during a meeting with Gabi Ashkenazi, his Israeli counterpart.

Malawi would be only the third country after the United States and Guatemalaand the first African countryto open an embassy in the Israeli capital. Honduras, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo have all recently announced their intentions to establish an embassy in Jerusalem.

Ashkenazi congratulated the government of Malawi for the groundbreaking decision, which he said was further testament to the bonds between the two countries, according to a statement from the ministry.

Malawi has maintained full diplomatic relations with Israel since 1964.

The city of Jerusalem, Israels eternal capital, will be a bridge of peace to the entire world, and I call on other countries to follow Malawis example and transfer their embassies to Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, said Ashkenazi.

Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka called the decision a bold and significant step, according to Reuters.

During his meeting with Ashkenazi, Mkaka congratulated Israel for its normalization of relations with Arab and Muslim states, according to the report.

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