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Newsline: Suriname Backtracks on Jerusalem Embassy Citing Budget

Suriname’s president said on Thursday the South American country did not have the funds to build an embassy in Israel, reversing an announcement made last month. “There is no budget for setting up an embassy of Suriname in Israel,” President Chandrikapersad ‘Chan’ Santokhi told the National Assembly. (https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-06-23/suriname-backtracks-on-jerusalem-embassy-citing-budget) Last month, Suriname’s foreign minister confirmed to Reuters the country would open an embassy in Jerusalem, a move that likely would have stirred controversy given the city’s role in the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The confirmation drew criticism from some members of the Surinamese parliament. Currently, only the United States, Honduras, Guatemala and Kosovo have embassies in Jerusalem rather than Tel Aviv.

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