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Nigeria did not participate in Israel’s celebrations of U.S. embassy move

US opens embassy in Jerusalem: Which countries attended?

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An earlier version of this article stated that diplomats from Nigeria and Thailand attended the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem. This was incorrect, as is now reflected below.

Thirty-two countries attend US ceremony to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, says Israel’s foreign ministry.
The United States has formally opened its embassy in Jerusalem amid deadly protests in the Gaza Strip.

The move on Monday followed a December 2017 decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the US mission there from Tel Aviv.

Nigeria did not attend the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, after voting against that relocation.

Trump’s controversial declaration was widely condemned by the international community, with the United Nations General Assembly rejecting by a huge majority the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem – a sacred city to Jews, Muslims and Christians – should be determined in a final peace settlement and that moving their embassies now would pre-judge any such deal.

Israel’s foreign ministry said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the embassy opening, and 33 confirmed attendance. However, the Nigerian and Thai representatives did not attend.
Here is a breakdown of the countries that attended the ceremony:

A: Albania, Angola, Austria

C: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic

D: Dominican Republic

E: El Salvador, Ethiopia

G: Georgia, Guatemala

H: Honduras, Hungary

K: Kenya

M: Myanmar, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

P: Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines

R: Romania, Rwanda

S: Serbia, South Sudan

T: Tanzania

U: Ukraine

V: Vietnam

Z: Zambia

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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  1. Ogbuefi Ndigbo says

    Nigeria has denied attending Monday’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

    “Nigeria didn’t attend [the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem],” Bashir Ahmad, a presidential spokesman, tweeted on Tuesday after criticism mount on social media over a media report that suggested Abuja was represented in the ceremony.

    “But what was Nigeria really doing at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem?” tweeted a popular scholar Gimba Kakanda, criticizing the alleged move.

    Nigeria has a history of supporting anti-imperialist struggles in Africa and elsewhere, especially in Palestine.

    Last year, the country voted in favor of the UN resolution condemning the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

  2. Ogbuefi Ndigbo says

    Latest. Nigeria has denied attending Monday’s opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

    “Nigeria didn’t attend [the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem],” Bashir Ahmad, a presidential spokesman, tweeted on Tuesday after criticism mount on social media over a media report that suggested Abuja was represented in the ceremony.

    “But what was Nigeria really doing at the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem?” tweeted a popular scholar Gimba Kakanda, criticizing the alleged move.

    Nigeria has a history of supporting anti-imperialist struggles in Africa and elsewhere, especially in Palestine.

    Last year, the country voted in favor of the UN resolution condemning the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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