Israel thanks Czech Republic for support over status of Jerusalem

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the Czech Republic for its firm stand regarding the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Czech Republic was one of three countries which last week blocked a joint declaration by the European Union criticising the US for transferring its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

President Rivlin also expressed appreciation of President Zeman’s view that the Czech Republic should follow the US example. The Czech President received an invitation to visit Israel, which the Israeli head of state said would further strengthen the strong ties between the two countries.

In a recent telegram of congratulations on Israel’s Independence Day Prime Minister Andrej Babiš reaffirmed the Czech Republic’s intention to open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem by the end of May.