Guatemala opens new embassy in Jerusalem following United States lead

17 May, 2018, 00:40 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • US President's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner arrive for the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales dedicated the embassy just two days after a high-powered American delegation marked the transfer of the U.S. Embassy.

Guatemala on Wednesday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.

Following in US' footsteps, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem, despite worldwide condemnation.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales also said in December that the country would move its embassy back to Jerusalem.

"It's not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first". That move caused some tension because both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

"You were always among the first", he said at the ceremony.

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Netanyahu noted that Guatemala was the second country behind the United States to recognize Israel's independence after the partition vote in the United Nations.

Paraguay is scheduled to open a Jerusalem embassy on May 21 with its president, Horacio Cartes, due to be in attendance.

The US, however, blocked a statement drafted by Kuwait calling for an independent investigation into the killings of Palestinian protesters in Gaza and calling on countries not to station their diplomatic missions in Jerusalem.

On the day the United States inaugurated its own embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli gunfire killed 60 Palestinians during the Gaza border protests.

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. Placed during the week that Palestinian marks the 70th anniversary of Nakba, the cataclysmic exodus which followed the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, both openings are an attempt to divert the global community's attention.

Honduras, which voted with the United States and Israel on the December 21 United Nations resolution, is yet to decide on relocating from Tel Aviv, despite parliamentary approval for the move.

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