Malawi Plans to Open Embassy in Yerushalayim by Mid-2021

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi greets Malawi Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka outside the Foreign Ministry in Yerushalayim, Tuesday. (Avi Hayon)

Malawi plans to open an embassy in Yerushalayim by summer of 2021, according to media reports quoting a conversation between Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his counterpart from the Southeast African country on Tuesday.

Malawi, a mostly Christian nation of 21 million, would be the first African country to open a diplomatic mission in the capital.

In September the new president of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera, announced plans to open a diplomatic office in Yerushalayim.

“The reforms will also include a review of our diplomatic presence, including our resolve to have new diplomatic missions in Lagos, Nigeria and Jerusalem, Israel. I will be sharing more details about this in the near future,” he said at the time.

Malawian Foreign Minister Eisenhower Mkaka is currently visiting Israel and will make a statement with his counterpart, Ashkenazi, later Tuesday.

Malawi does not currently have an embassy at all in Israel.