The new president of Malawi vows that he will open an embassy in Jerusalem.
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On Saturday, the new president of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, 65, announced that there are plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem. This comes after Serbia and Kosovo announced their intentions on opening the embassies in Jerusalem last Friday.
Lazarus Chakwera was elected as the new President of Malawi on July 6th, and he already announced reforms which include its foreign policy and its embassies worldwide.
‘The reforms will also include a review of our diplomatic presence including our resolve to have new diplomatic missions in Lagos, Nigeria and Jerusalem, Israel. I will be sharing more details about this in the near future,’ President Chakwera.
The President Chakwera holds a PhD in theology and has been a longer supporter of the Jewish state. The country of Malawi is mostly Christian, and has currently has no embassy in Israel. If the embassy is opened in Jerusalem, Malawi will be the first African country to do so.
The opening if embassies in Jerusalem is widely criticized by some Arab countries. Palestinians claim that the Eastern Jerusalem as their own. Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem after the six-day war in 1967, and has kept it till this day. Countries the like of Turkey and Iran opposed the opening of embassies in Jerusalem. Regardless of this, it seems that the opening of embassies in Jerusalem has gathered pace in the last months. The United States were the first to open their embassy in Jerusalem back in 2018, in a move widely criticized around the world. Today, it has garnered much more support.