First it was Costa Rica announcing that they will move their embassy to Tel Aviv, leaving El Salvador the lone country with an embassy in Jerusalem. Today, El Salvador announced that they will abandon Israel’s “eternal capital” for Tel Aviv.
Friday, August 25, 2006 Â· Last updated 11:48 p.m. PT
El Salvador moves embassy in Israel
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador will move its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, saying Friday it had made the decision following a U.N. cease-fire resolution on the conflict in Lebanon that sought to promote greater security in the Middle East.
The decision comes a week after fellow Central American nation Costa Rica – the only other country that had an embassy in Jerusalem – announced it was moving its diplomatic mission to Tel Aviv, which is used by other countries because of Jerusalem’s disputed status.
El Salvador’s foreign ministry said in a statement the decision was made after analyzing, with Israel, “the current situation in the Middle East,” and after resolution 1701 of the U.N. Security Council, “whose mandate is to seek the promotion of security and greater stability, generating a new stage of favorable expectations for the Middle East.”
Security Council resolution 1701, passed earlier this month, called for the cease-fire that ended 34 days of fierce fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. At least 809 Lebanese and 157 Israelis were killed.
The foreign ministry statement said El Salvador “recognizes and guarantees the right of the state of Israel to live in peace within secure and internationally recognized borders.”
It also said that “equally, the government of El Salvador repeats its recognition of the right of a Palestinian state to exist.”
It was not immediately clear when the move would take place.