Representatives from 12 out of 32 countries on Israeli list did not attend US Jerusalem embassy opening, report says

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In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, his wife and US President's daughter Ivanka Trump, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, attend the opening ceremony. (AP Photo)
In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, his wife and US President's daughter Ivanka Trump, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, attend the opening ceremony. (AP Photo)

International participation at the controversial opening ceremony for the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was lower than the list announced by Israel's Foreign Ministry, Israeli Haaretz daily said in a report Thursday.

Accordingly, 22 foreign ambassadors or diplomats were present in the opening ceremony out of the ministry list showing 32 countries confirming that they would attend. Participating countries were Angola, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Kenya, Macedonia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Paraguay, Republic of the Congo, Romania, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.

Albania, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, South Sudan, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam were the countries that did not attend the ceremony although they were listed as countries that confirmed participation.

Left-wing Haaretz, known for its opposition to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said that Serbia, Vietnam, Peru, El Salvador and the Ivory Coast denied their participation to the paper after the foreign ministry list was published.

Israeli Foreign Ministry invited 86 countries to attend the ceremony, but roughly one-fourth were present. European Union countries mainly refused to attend due to reactions against Trump's unilateral move, while Palestine recalled Wednesday its ambassadors from Austria, Czech Republic Hungary and Romania as they were present in the ceremony.

The article also pointed out that representatives of Russia, India and Japan were not present in the ceremony despite their recent moves to improve relations with Israel and high-profile meetings with Netanyahu.

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