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Malawi to open embassy in Israel in Jerusalem

Malawi to open embassy in Israel in Jerusalem
Malawi foreign minister Eisenower Mkaka (R) greets Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Gabi Ashkenazi/Twitter.

Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The government of Malawi is planning to open an embassy in Israel in Jerusalem.

Malawi foreign minister Eisenower Mkaka made the announcement Tuesday with Israeli foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi.

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"This further strengthens the relations between Israel and Malawi and I call on other countries to follow Malawi and move their embassies to Jerusalem," said Ashkenazi, who said Malawi is the first African country to make such a plan.

Mkaka said Malawi's relationship with Israel has "stood the test of time" and that President Lazarus Chakwera will soon pay a visit to Israel.

The move follows several other nations that have reassigned their embassies to Jerusalem.

The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv in 2018, following up on a campaign promise made by President Donald Trump.

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