Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

17 May, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the dedication ceremony of the Guatemala Embassy in Jerusalem Israel Wednesday

The opening comes almost 30-years after the UN ordered Guatemala and 13 other nations to relocate their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the Central American nation for making the move, and said he would visit Guatemala on his next visit to Latin America.

Guatemala inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the US opened its embassy in the disputed holy city.

President Jimmy Morales arrived in Israel on Tuesday to open his country's embassy in Jerusalem. You were always among the first. Jerusalem is Israel's capital and this is where our embassy should be located.

The outlet says a couple of other countries are considering a similar move.

"I was honored to be part of the United States delegation in Israel's capital today for the move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which was long overdue", said Congressman Zeldin.

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Trump ignored widespread anger and condemnation and pushed ahead with embassy relocation plans.

Trump's move broke with decades of worldwide consensus that Jerusalem's status must be negotiated between the parties, drawing near global condemnation.

In 1980, Guatemala pulled its diplomats from Jerusalem after the Knesset announced the controversial Jerusalem Law, which triumphantly declared the city, "complete and united", as Israel's capital. It's one of only seven countries that sided with the United States.

TRT World's correspondent Ediz Tiyansan reports from Guatemala.

Palestinians have been demonstrating on the Gaza frontier for the past six weeks, demanding a return to family land or homes lost to Israel when it was founded in the 1948 Middle East war.

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