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Suriname says it’ll open embassy in Jerusalem in the near future

Visiting Surinamese FM Albert Camdin informs FM Lapid of development during talks in capital; Israel to offer humanitarian aid to flood-stricken South American nation

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Illustrative: Suriname's Foreign Minister Albert Camdin with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem on May 30, 2022 (Jorge Novomisky/GPO)
Illustrative: Suriname's Foreign Minister Albert Camdin with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem on May 30, 2022 (Jorge Novomisky/GPO)

Suriname will open an embassy in Jerusalem in the near future, Surinamese Foreign Minister Albert Camdin told his counterpart, Yair Lapid, during a meeting Monday in the Israeli capital.

The Dutch-speaking South American republic will join the US, Guatemala, Honduras, and Kosovo, which have full embassies in Jerusalem. Several other countries maintain embassy branches or trade missions in Jerusalem, including Australia, Hungary and Czechia.

Lapid and Camdin signed a consultation agreement between the foreign ministries. and Lapid offered to send humanitarian aid to Suriname to help deal with the effects of severe flooding in March.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Nearly all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv because of the dispute over East Jerusalem.

The Surinamese announcement came a day after Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day, which marks the capital’s reunification during the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel took control of East Jerusalem from Jordan.

Last week, US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides moved into a new home in Jerusalem and his embassy has filed a request to the Foreign Ministry to recognize the building as the envoy’s official residence.

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