JERUSALEM (Aug. 17)
Israel will reopen its Embassy in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, in October, it was confirmed here today. This confirmation followed statements from El Salvador that the Israel Embassy will be reopened there and that the El Salvador Embassy in Israel would be moved back from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Israel Embassy in San Salvador was closed several years ago by the then Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan for budgetary and security reasons.
The Embassy of El Salvador, along with most other Latin American embassies in Jerusalem, left the city in 1980 after the Knesset adopted the Jerusalem Law, declaring united Jerusalem to be the eternal capital of Israel. Salvadoran officials have said that their Embassy will move back to Jerusalem by September 15, El Salvador’s Independence Day. El Salvador is the second Latin American country, after Costa Rica, to return its Embassy to Israel’s capital.