Mkaka meets Israel’s Netanyahu as Malawi paper says Jerusalem choice ‘unnecessary risk’ 

Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka on official visit in Israel has met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he formally informed him about President Lazarus Chakwera’s decision to open Malawi embassy in Jerusalem,  the Jewish state’s capital city a move which has been described as a consequential foreign policy decision for the Tonse Alliance led administration.

PM Netanyahu Meets with Malawi Foreign Minister Mkaka – Photo Credit: Haim Zach (GPO)

Netanyahu told  Mkaka that President Chakwera should be hailed for decision to open Malawi embassy to Jerusalem,  “which is our eternal capital from the time of King David. So, we welcome you as a friend. We welcome Malawi as a friend. We’ve always had excellent relations and they’re going to be even better.”

The Israel leader pointed out that Israel recently established diplomatic relations with Sudan and Chad, and said it is part of his efforts to expand Israel’s ties in Africa.

Netanyahu also said he expects increased cooperation between Israel and Malawi in the areas of agriculture, health and cybersecurity and “every area that I think lends itself to cooperation.”

He said: “I welcome you in the spirit of cooperation and friendship. Welcome. Please convey my best wishes to the president [Lazarus Chakwera]. I look forward to seeing him here in the Malawi embassy in Jerusalem. As we say, ‘Next year in Jerusalem.’”

Netanyahu told Mkaka: “We welcome you and Malawi as friends. We always had excellent relations.”

On Wednesday, Malawi opposed or abstained on all three annual UN votes condemning Israeli treatment of the Palestinians.

But the decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem has been divisive in Malawi.

In an editorial comment, Malawi’s leading daily newspaper, The Nation on Friday said they can only pray that Chakwera has not bought into the idea “propagated by fellow evangelicals that setting up an embassy in Israel and recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will somehow deliver the much awaited  ‘rapture’ to join believers with their God.”

Chakwera is a former evangelical preacher.

The paper  stated that a government that makes “such a divisive decision must invest a lot of thought in it and level with Malawians and the international community.”

Opposition members of Malawi’s parliament have recently also raised concern about opening an embassy in Jerusalem, but President Chakwera — a former preacher — has been firm on the move.

Chakwera justified his foreign policy decision, saying that it was not new in Malawi, as during the one-party regime of founding President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the country also had diplomatic ties with Israel until 1994.

Chakwera’s decision follows that of US President Donald Trump, who in December 2017 — breaking with longstanding diplomatic practice — recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy to the city in May this year.

Israel considers the Holy City its eternal capital, but Palestinians want East Jerusalem, seized in a 1967 Middle East war, as part of a future state.

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Mofolo
Mofolo
6 months ago

Should have waited for the elections in USA because a lot of foreign affairs policy decisions by idiot Trump will be reversed by Biden including the Jerusalem embassy move.

Yeremiya
Yeremiya
6 months ago

Mkaka is retarded.

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
6 months ago

Trump has lost. America is pulling out of jerusalem and back to Telaviv. Kodi a Chakwera ku jerusalem ko mukakhalako nokha?? O what a silly decision to support jerusalem.

Wamasokosi a Chitsulo
Wamasokosi a Chitsulo
6 months ago

I have followed the discussions and comments on this issue of Embassy Location. It is such an interesting discussion. Now let me weigh in on this. First, Malawi is highly experienced in issues of territory disputes and we have always advanced the peaceful contact and dialogue policy to land (territory) disputes. Second, almost every country has a dispute over boundaries (or border line) with another. Do you know that Maps of Tanzania hanging in almost all Embassies in Tanzania have the boundary at the middle of Lake Malawi (which is literally wrong). Three, do you know that Likoma and Chizumulu… Read more »

Dexter
Dexter
6 months ago

zosagwirizana. absolutely unnecessary to have an embassy there.

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???
6 months ago

U have a lack of understanding of the matter. All your points and examples sizugwilizana ndi nkhaniyi.

Phyot Olera Kun Yini
6 months ago

A poor analogy. Chakwera has goofed on jerusalem basi.

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
6 months ago

Ife tivutike nazo if taifas can’t draw a good proper map. Who else has a map like that?

Opportunist
Opportunist
6 months ago

Excellent movie.I support it

JO GALU WAFA
6 months ago

whatever it will take, i support Malawi govt plan of recognising Jerusalem as city of israel, its undisputable fact that jerusalem belong to Israel. since the time of Jushua, king Sauli, king David, king Solomon, even during roman empire reign the history tells us that Jerusalem was for Israel. Satanic people are the ones who drive this jerusalem for palestine agenda. Go Chakwera Go!!!! no retreat no surrender. a lie is alie no matter the big number of people supporting it. truth is strong and will always win over false narratives. and truth will always set us free John 8:32

Kuba mpaka nseru
Kuba mpaka nseru
6 months ago
Reply to  JO GALU WAFA

The bible has no legal basis, treaties and UN resolutions have. For your information, this place called Israel was only created in 1918 by some British politicians (balfour declaration). That nation allocated land in tel Aviv for foreign embassies and there are over 100 there. Jerusalem was and is disputed territory.

Sizzler
Sizzler
6 months ago

Bieden is goin reverse the Trump Jersalem issue ….what will you tonse do? there is Telvive and has always being there ….Mr Mkaka be a very shallow minded person to head foreign Ministry ….Presidents are humain with lot of pressure to think through and through ….Malawi first ….Do we have to remind you that this Zionist state does not recognise you and skin color to be part of what Jerusalem stand for …in their ideology …..Read and read more on what their ideology is very oposite to what christianity stands for….
Check their HumanRights index on UN ….

Don Dada
Don Dada
6 months ago
Reply to  Sizzler

FYI, Biden actually praised Trump for the moving the embassy and the deal he made. Chakwera anayiwelenga kalekale aise… He’s not as stupid as you think

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
6 months ago

The editorial in The Nation was spot on. Playing Russian roulette with Mideast politics is like playing with a baby boy: if you don’t know your way around it, it will pee all over you.

Themwe
Themwe
6 months ago

He he he Biden about to move U.S embassy back to Tel Aviv muyalukapo za ziii. Ati wanting to be different. Smh

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
6 months ago

Muyuda ndi munthu yemwe amagwilitsa ntchito proper gander,mukukhala kwao padziko.

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