Israel's foreign ministry has reportedly disclosed that thirty countries attended the United States’ ceremony to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.
The United States has formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem amid deadly protests in the Gaza Strip.
The move on Monday, May 14, followed a December 2017 decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate the US mission there from Tel Aviv.
Trump's controversial declaration was widely condemned by the international community, with the United Nations General Assembly rejecting, by a huge majority, the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Most countries say the status of Jerusalem, a sacred city to Jews, Muslims and Christians, should be determined in a final peace settlement and that moving their embassies now would pre-judge any such deal.
According to Aljazeera, Israel's foreign ministry said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the embassy opening, and 33 confirmed attendance. However, the Nigerian and Thai representatives did not attend.
Here is a breakdown of the countries that attended the ceremony:
A: Albania, Angola, Austria
C: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic
D: Dominican Republic
E: El Salvador, Ethiopia
G: Georgia, Guatemala
H: Honduras, Hungary
M: Myanmar, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
P: Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines
R: Romania, Rwanda
S: Serbia, South Sudan
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidency denied that Nigeria was represented at Monday’s official opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.
Vanguard however reports that a top presidency official distanced Nigeria from the event, saying in Abuja on Tuesday, May 15, that the country was not represented.
The official who did not want to be named said in a statement distributed to the media: “Nigeria was not present at an event during which the United States officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday contrary to media report.”
The source said the federal government had written to a foreign medium, Al Jazeera, demanding a retraction of its story that listed Nigeria as one of the countries represented at the event.
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