published: 11.10.2013, 16:59 | updated: 11.10.2013 17:06:22
Prague - President Milos Zeman´s statements about moving the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem have harmed the Czech Republic´s relations with Arab states, new Palestinian ambassador Jamal Al Jamal said in an interview with CTK today.
He said he asked Zeman to take steps to moderate the impact of his words and that Zeman assured him the moving would only be possible after peace were reached between Israel and Palestine.
Jamal met Zeman today when he was handing him his credentials. In a personal discussion, Jamal asked Zeman to come closer to the Palestinians.
In the interview with CTK he spoke about the possibility of Zeman´s visit to Palestine next year.
Zeman spoke about the possible moving of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem still before his visit to Israel this week.
He angered not only the Palestinians, but also representatives of the Arab League.
During his Israeli visit he was moderating his words with a statement that the embassy could only move to Jerusalem after peace is reached in the Middle East.
Jamal said Zeman told him today that not only the embassy in Israel would move to the western part Jerusalem then, but also the Czech mission in Palestine would move to the eastern part of the capital.
The Palestinians still count with that Eastern Jerusalem will become capital of their future state.
Czech ambassador to Egypt Pavel Kafka was explaining Zeman´s controversial statements to the Arab League on Thursday.
He was assigned by the Presidential Office to meet representatives of the league where he repeated Zeman´s stand that moving the Czech embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would only be possible if the Israelis and Palestinians signed a peace treaty.
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