Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday that he talked to PM Viorica Dancila about alleged plans to move the Romanian Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He said he explained her "some issues" and that he believed she understood "a bit better" what are the problems to be taken into consideration in this regard. He made the comments days after the leader of governing Social Democrats (PSD) claimed in a TV show that a decision had been made to move the Embassy to Jerusalem.
PSD leader Liviu Dragnea's statement sparked a tense confrontation with the president, who warned that he, as main promoter of Romanian foreign policies, had not been consulted and that such a move would have serious consequences.
He said on Monday that forcing such a decision would mean kicking away half a century of serious diplomacy.
And he said that following talks with the PM Dancila he understoon that the Government wanted to create a platform of debate on the issue, which the president does not consider wrong, but is far from an effective move.
Iohannis said Romania must comply with international legislation and treaties it has adhered to.