PNN report: MOFA summons Palestine ambassadors in four EU countries for consultation

PNN/ Ramallah/

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday has summoned Palestinian ambassadors in four European countries for consultation, as a response to European ambassadors attending US embassy opening in Jerusalem,  senior diplomatic and diplomatic sources said.

In a interview with PNN reporter, diplomatic sources said that the foreign ministry decided to summon Palestinian ambassadors in Austria, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary, in order to consult with them on ways to respond to the positions of these countries on Palestinian rights.

The EU has previously condemned US declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the decision to move the American embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying it would worsen the situation.

Palestinian sources said that the state of Palestinian can not take Palestinian rights as a matter of compromise for the interests of any of these countries, whether it was with the United States or Israel.

Assistant Minister for European Affairs, Dr. Amal Jadou, said the ministry is taking this step after the ambassadors of those countries to Tel Aviv have participated in the Israeli celebrations of the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Jadou stressed that the Ministry highly values relations with all EU member states, saying “those relations are based on the commitment to international law, UN resolutions and Human Rights.”

“Therefore, we consider the participation in this event a contradiction to such values. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was not only a hostile act against the people of Palestine as we mourn 70 years of Nakba, but is as well a violation of international law, particularly of UNSC Resolution 478,” she added.

This comes after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has summoned Palestinian ambassador to Washington, Hussam Zumlot, to consult with him  regarding the hostile US position towards the Palestinian people and national rights, especially after Israeli forces has killed 64 peaceful protesters on the Gaza borders during the past two days.