Museveni declines Israel request to open embassy in Jerusalem
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February 4, 2020
Written by URN THE OBSERVER
Speaking at a press conference at the State House Entebbe on Monday, Netanyahu who has been on a one-day visit to Uganda, said Israel was returning to Africa in a big way, and as such Uganda should lead the way in opening up an embassy in the contested city between Israel and Palestine.
In return, Israel would too open up an embassy in Kampala in Uganda’s capital. The Israeli Nairobi embassy handles diplomatic affairs with Kampala.
“I have a simple suggestion, you would want to consider Mr president, my friend. You open an embassy in Jerusalem, I will open an embassy in Kampala. We hope to do this in the near future. In all other ways, there is a stack bond between us, you’re a man of the bible, I will never forget your visit in Jerusalem.” said Netanyahu.
However, in response, Museveni said the issue was very controversial and needs time for it to be studied first.
“The issue of the embassy, we’re discussing it and the good thing with all the controversies is that there is a patch of Jerusalem which under the partition plan was in Israel. So at least that one is not part of the arguments, and if a friend says I want your embassy here rather than there, I don’t see why…we’re studying that.” said Museveni
Last year, American President Donald Trump broke away from the world order and recognized Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel. Trump also ordered the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem stocking anger among Palestinians who see Israel as an invading force.
Palestinians occupy the east of Jerusalem and they regard it as the capital of their future state. Museveni thanked Netanyahu for being the first Israeli prime minister to ever visit Uganda.
“He has done it a number of times, of course, I have been to Israel a lot but it’s good that he has come when other prime ministers have not come. We have a very strong relationship with Israel in the field of agriculture and security,” said Museveni.
For his part, Netanyahu thanked Museveni for what he called a strong leadership and promised Israeli’s cooperation in terms of security and other bilateral relations. He also revealed that they had agreed that Uganda was to begin having direct flights to Israel at least once a week.
Netanyahu is struggling for his political survival after failing twice to garner enough votes in the Knesset (parliament) for him to form a government.
He was also recently indicted on charges of corruption and abuse of office. If he’s unable to win the next general election and therefore unable to force parliament to waiver the charges against him, he faces a jail sentence if convicted on those charges.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: February 04, 2020 at 05:35AM