Jerusalem, MINA – Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat approved the construction permit for the expansion of the US embassy building in a city of around 700 square meters.
“I am pleased and proud to approve the expansion of the US Embassy in Jerusalem,” Barkat said in a statement, MEMO reported, Thursday.
The expansion of the embassy building came six months after a controversial decision by the US government to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Washington’s move gets criticism from the international community.
Earlier this month, an embassy spokesman said the new building would be completed in the summer of 2019.
In October, the US government announced the merger of its consulate in Jerusalem with a new embassy. (T/Sj/RS5)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)