WASHINGTON: The US Department of State has said it will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018.
The US Department of State made this announcement in a statement issued late on Friday.
The statement said that the inauguration of the embassy will be on the 70th anniversary of Israel.
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu has welcomed the much-anticipated move saying that it is a great day for the Israeli people.
The US Foreign Ministry spokesperson stated that for the time being embassy will be shifted to the American consulate in Jerusalem.
In December 2017, when the US President Donald Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital that the US embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It was however not expected that the embassy would not be re-located so soon.
The United Nations Security Council, the United States had vowed a resolution against the decision of the Trump Administration to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
14 members of the Security Council vetoed in favour of this resolution whereas only 1 vote was received in favour of US decision.
The resolution was presented by Egypt.
This movement of Trump’s Administration was condemned globally and demonstrated in various countries.
Last month, US Vice President Mike Pence had stated that by the end of 2019, the US embassy will be transferred from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
It is to be noted that during the Middle East war in 1967, Israel had got control of the eastern part of the city and considers the entire Jerusalem as an indivisible capital.
On the other hand, Palestine has long declared the eastern part of Jerusalem city as its capital.