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Diplomatic activity has always been a part of life at the Orient House.  In 1898, a tea party was held by Palestinian dignitaries in honor of German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm on his historic visit to the Holy City.   In 1930, King Abdallah, King Ali and Prince Zaid accepted condolences at the Orient House when their father, Sharif Hussein Ben Ali (Sharif of Mecca), was buried in the Haram al-Sharif and in 1936, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia took refuge in the confines of the Orient House after being forced out of Ethiopia. 

The International Relations Department at the Orient House was created in 1995 in order to develop official diplomatic relations with Palestinian representatives in Jerusalem as well as relations with international organizations and individuals.

The Department fosters relations with the twelve Consulates in East Jerusalem as well as with the growing number of Representative Offices.  The Department briefs diplomatic officials on the latest developments in Jerusalem both politically and from the field and coordinates various development projects with the various offices in the area of culture, health, civic institutions, schools, etc.   

In order to increase international solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem, the Department also fosters relations with a network of international organizations and pursues numerous projects with them and holds regular briefings and tours for delegations from all over the world.

The Department is divided into the European File, the American and Canadian File, the file for the Arab World and the Asian File.  


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