JERUSALEM (May. 13)
Costa Rica has decided to return its Embassy to Jerusalem. Formal word of this was released in San Jose. This action came within days of the inauguration of Costa Rica’s new President, Luis Alberto Monge. Moving his nation’s Embassy back to Jerusalem was one of the foreign policy planks in Monge’s election campaign platform.
Costa Rica was among the countries which transferred their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv after the United Nations condemned Israel’s 1981 Jerusalem Law which declared the city to be Israel’s united capital.
Israel today officially welcomed Costa Rica’s decision and expressed the hope that other friendly states will follow suit. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry pointed out that the move, “is not and cannot be interpreted as an unfriendly act toward Arab states.” President Yitzhak Navon telephoned Monge last night to express Israel’s appreciation of Costa Rica’s move. Milestone For Jews In Argentina: