Papua New Guinea Opens Israeli Embassy in Occupied Jerusalem
Papua New Guinea inaugurated on Tuesday, 5 September 2023 its embassy to ‘Israel’ in occupied Jerusalem, becoming the fifth country to maintain a diplomatic mission in the occupied city.
The embassy was opened in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Papua New Guinean Prime Minister James Marape. Marape claimed that the decision to move the mission from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was inspired by God.
“Many nations choose not to open their embassies in Jerusalem, but we have made a conscious choice,” Marape said at the embassy’s inauguration ceremony.
“For us to call ourselves Christian, paying respect to God will not be complete without recognizing that Jerusalem is the universal capital of the people and the nation of Israel,” Marape added.
The Pacific nation became the fifth country in the world to open an embassy in occupied Jerusalem after the US, Honduras, Kosovo, and Guatemala.
It is worth noting that Papua New Guinea established diplomatic relations with ‘Israel’ in 1978, three years after the Pacific nation gained independence from Australia.
Papua New Guinean authorities in return have stopped voting in recent years on resolutions against Israeli occupation at the UN.