Netanyahu suggests Uganda open Israel embassy in Jerusalem

Netanyahu suggests Uganda open Israel embassy in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed that Uganda open its embassy in Jerusalem, pledging to open an Israeli mission in Kampala and establishing flights between the two countries.
2 min read
03 February, 2020
Uganda is an ally of Israel [Getty]
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is reportedly considering opening his country's embassy in Jerusalem, after an offer from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.

Netanyahu, who is visiting the country a two-day visit, pledged to open an Israeli embassy in Uganda's capital of Kampala.

Speaking at a press conference, the Israeli premier told Museveni:

'I have a suggestion. You open an embassy in Jerusalem and we'll open one in Kampala'

Opening the missions and establishing direct flights between the two allies would serve to boost ties further, Netanyahu claimed.

If Uganda goes ahead with the plan, it will become the third country, after the US and Guatemala, to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Traditionally, most diplomatic mission in Israel have been in Tel Aviv, as countries have endavoured to maintain a neutral stance over the status of Jerusalem.

Yet US President Donald Trump's shocking decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital paved the way for the US to move their embassy to the city.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as their capital. 

A pleace plan unvieled by Trump last week proposed a Palestinian capital outside the city's municipal borders.

Palestine's leadership has unanimously rejected the plan, cutting all ties with the US and Israel on Saturday.

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