Salvadoran Embassy moving to Tel Aviv after all

Friday, September 01, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Five days after assuring Israel they will stay in Jerusalem, El Salvador officials announced that they decided to follow the lead of Costa Rica and relocate their nations embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

El Salvador was the only country still with an embassy in Jerusalem after their Central American neighbor Costa Rica decided to relocate its embassy to Tel Aviv this month.

Israeli diplomatic officials were concerned that El Salvador would follow suit and pressured them to stay in Jerusalem. Since then, El Salvador had sent reassuring messages to Israel saying they will not relocate.

However, the Salvadoran Foreign Ministry notified Israel that because of the current situation in the Middle East that they had decided to move their embassy to Tel Aviv by the end of this month.

Salvadoran President Antonio Saka is the son of Palestinian immigrants, who moved to El Salvador from Beit Jalla in the beginning of the twentieth century. Despite his heritage, Saka is regarded as a friend of Israel and in meetings with Israeli Ambassador to El Salvador Jonathan Peled he promised that his country’s embassy would remain in Jerusalem.

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