Malawi to Become First African Nation to Open Embassy in Jerusalem

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Israeli Foreign Ministry Gabi Ashkenazi greets Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka upon his arrival at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Nov. 3, 2020. Malawi would be the first African country to open an embassy in the Israeli capital.

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera announced in a video message on Tuesday that his country intends to establish a permanent embassy in Jerusalem by next summer.

Honduras, Croatia, Serbia and Kosovo have all recently announced their intentions to establish an embassy in Jerusalem. Malawi has maintained full diplomatic relations with Israel since 1964. 

Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka called the decision a “bold and significant step,” according to Reuters

Ashkenazi congratulated the government of Malawi for the “groundbreaking decision,” which he said was further testament to the bonds between the two countries, according to a statement from the ministry.

During his meeting with Ashkenazi, Mkaka congratulated Israel for its normalization of relations with Arab and Muslim states, according to the report.