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Israeli PM hopes Uganda will open embassy in Jerusalem in ‘near future’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and his wife Sara Netanyahu pose for a photograph with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (R) and Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni at the State House in Entebbe, Uganda February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he hopes long-standing African ally Uganda will open an embassy in Jerusalem soon, becoming the third nation to do so after the United States and Guatemala.

“We hope to do this in the near future,” he said in a televised speech during a visit to the Ugandan capital.

“We are studying that,” Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni replied.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem for their capital, but a peace plan presented last week by U.S. President Donald Trump envisaged a Palestinian capital outside Jerusalem’s municipal limits. Palestinian authorities rejected the plan.

Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Jon Boyle

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via Reuters