El Salvador is staying in Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
El Salvador, the only country in the world who still has an embassy in Jerusalem, has notified the diplomatic establishment in Jerusalem that they have no intention of following Costa Rica in relocating their embassy to Tel Aviv.

Officials in Jerusalem were concerned that El Salvador would cave under Arab pressure and decide to relocate to Tel Aviv. Salvadoran President Antonio Saca, himself a son of Palestinian immigrants who arrived in El Salvador at the beginning of the twentieth century, had recently promised not to move the embassy from Jerusalem. Sources say that the Salvadoran leadership is angry at Costa Rica for not consulting them on the move.

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez announced over the weekend that the decision to move the embassy to Tel Aviv is not an unfriendly step towards Israel, but only intended to fix an historical mistake which left Costa Rica isolated from the Arab and Muslim world. He clarified and said that this is not a protest against the war in Lebanon or with the Palestinians. “As far as I am concerned, Israel’s right to exist free of any security threat, especially terrorism, is not in doubt. This is not a step intended to hurt Israel, but a step intended to honor international law,” he said.

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