Hungary to attend Israeli reception for US embassy move to Jerusalem
Hungary’s ambassador to Israel is attending the reception the Israeli foreign ministry is hosting in Jerusalem on Sunday evening to celebrate the US embassy’s move from Tel Aviv.
Axios recalls that according to European diplomats and Israeli officials, the draft statement circulated in European capitals had three points:
-Jerusalem should be the capital of both states — Israel and the future state of Palestine. -The final status of Jerusalem should be negotiated and only determined through negotiations between the parties. -The member states of the EU will not follow the U.S. and will not move their embassies to Jerusalem.
According to European diplomats and Israeli officials, the French and other member states wanted to publish the statement on Friday as a statement by the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini supported by all 28 EU members, but Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania announced they object to the statement and made it impossible to reach the consensus needed to publish it.
“Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania disagree with the European Union condemning the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem,”Andor Nagy said. He said Hungary had not yet decided whether to move its diplomatic mission to Jerusalem.
Hungary’s position supporting a two-state solution remains unchanged, he said. According to Israeli daily Haaretz, the reception is being attended by around 30 out of the 86 ambassadors accredited to the country. Russia, Egypt and Mexico are not attending.