Hungary to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem, says newspaper

Budapest denies, says no decision yet

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AMMAN — Hungarian President Katalin Novak said on Friday that no decision had yet been made on whether Budapest would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem next month despite an Israeli newspaper report that it would do so next month, Reuters reported.اضافة اعلان

The Times of Israel said on Friday that the move would take place in an act of support by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

First EU countryIt would make Hungary the first EU country to open an embassy in Jerusalem, which Israel claims as its capital, but is not recognized as such by most countries and whose status under international law is disputed pending a resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I also read news in the press,” Novak said during a news conference while visiting Prague.

“In Hungary, a decision so far has not been made on moving our embassy in Israel.”

Hungarian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mate Paczolay also did not confirm the report but said the ministry would provide updates on any changes to the embassy in all cases.

“We have already moved the commercial department of our Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem years ago,” he said.

An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment.

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