Published: 13:03, September 22, 2023 | Updated: 13:03, September 22, 2023
Israeli PM: DRC Congo to move its embassy to Jerusalem
By Reuters

Security surveillance cameras are set-up in Jerusalem's Old City, with a view of the Al-Aqsa Mosque's Dome of the Rock on Sept 19, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

JERUSALEM — Democratic Republic of Congo will move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday.

Netanyahu, who met Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi during the UN General Assembly, announced in a statement that Israel would also be opening an embassy in Kinshasa, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Only a handful of countries have their embassies in Jerusalem, with most others maintaining their diplomatic representation in Tel Aviv

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Only a handful of countries have their embassies in Jerusalem, with most others maintaining their diplomatic representation in the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel's main economic hub.

While Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital and wants all embassies based there, most of the world does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city, believing its status should be resolved in negotiations.

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Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of theirs to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East War.