Suriname opens embassy in Jerusalem, still unclear when

Suriname will eventually open an embassy in Jerusalem. The country now has a consulate in Tel Aviv. The date of the opening is still unknown. Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid announced the news in a tweet after a meeting with his Surinamese colleague Ramdin. โ€œThank you Suriname!โ€ , he added in Dutch.

Such a relocation is internationally sensitive because Jerusalems status is controversial. During the 1967 Six Day War, Israel conquered the eastern district. Today, Israel regards the whole of Jerusalem as Israeli territory and as the countrys eternal and indivisible capital. The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

โ€œJerusalem is the administrative center and thats why we want an embassy there. We want to strengthen functional, technical and commercial cooperation with Israel. There should not be an emotional response, we need to stay sober,โ€ says Surinamese minister Ramdin to DecceIt.

Director General Peled of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the visit of the Surinamese minister to his country is a milestone in mutual relations. โ€œIsrael will have better access to the Caribbean and Suriname will have access to our technology and investors,โ€ he says in the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post.

Four countries

So far, only America, Guatemala, Honduras and Kosovo have an embassy in Jerusalem. The announcement of the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel led to furious reactions in the Middle East in 2017. The Dutch embassy has been located in the suburbs of Tel Aviv since 1980. There are no plans for a move.