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EU ambassadors boycott ceremony at US Embassy in Jerusalem

July 13, 2021 at 10:38 am

The then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) and US ambassador to Israel David Friedman stand next to the dedication plaque at the US embassy in Jerusalem on March 21, 2019 [JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images]

The German and French ambassadors, along with other European Union (EU) ambassadors, boycotted a ceremony at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli Ynet News revealed on Tuesday.

US embassy moved to Jerusalem - Cartoon [Chappatte/Twitter]

US embassy moved to Jerusalem – Cartoon [Chappatte/Twitter]

The ceremony was held on 4 July at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, in honour of American Independence Day.

The US Embassy invited ambassadors of the states that have embassies and representatives in Israel, including the EU ambassadors, according to Ynet News.

Ynet News said that the ambassadors who did not attend the ceremony chose not to because of the location of the US Embassy, which is in Jerusalem.

The specific countries, Ynet News reported, do not recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of the occupation State of Israel.

In addition to the German and French officials, the Israeli news website revealed that officials from Romania, UK, Kosovo, Australia, Norway, and Canada also did not attend.

It was an embarrassing diplomatic situation for the US because the US administration has turned a new page in the relationship with the EU after four years of tension during Trump’s administration.

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