Singapore Government Opens Embassy In Israel

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The Singaporean government has announced it will open its embassy in Israel, nearly six decades after establishing ties with the Jewish state.

 

This was announced by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on Monday (21/3) as reported by the AFP news agency, Tuesday (22/3/2022).

 

The announcement came after Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said that Singapore would also open a “representative office” in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to improve relations with the Palestinian Authority.

 

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, who met Balakrishnan on Monday, said Singapore’s decision to open an Israeli embassy highlighted the “good and special relationship between our two countries which was established in 1965”.

 

Balakrishnan also met several Palestinian officials in the West Bank city of Ramallah, including Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh.

 

In a post on Twitter, he said the representative office in the West Bank would aim to “coordinate our technical assistance and facilitate engagement with the Palestinian Authority”.

 

In recent years, several countries have stepped up their diplomatic engagement with Israel, which remains a controversial partner for some governments because of the decades-long conflict with the Palestinians.

 

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have also recently opened embassies in Tel Aviv. An act that infuriated Palestinians, who urged all Arab and Muslim countries to avoid ties with Israel.

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