Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting at the United Nations in New York that the African country intends to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the Israeli capital Jerusalem.
Israel will reciprocate the political move by reopening its embassy in the Congolese capital Kinshasa. Israel previously maintained an embassy in Congo until in 2003 when it was closed during the civil war.
Netanyahu welcomed the diplomatic breakthrough in a joint statement with the Congolese leader.
“We’ve just had very productive talks with the president of Congo, and we agreed that Israel will open an embassy in Kinshasa and Congo will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. These are two good announcements and I think they reflect our common desire to upgrade our relations,” Netanyahu said.