Days of Palestine

Sunday, January 29

Guatemala to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday that his country “will move" its embassy to Israeli from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We talked about the excellent relations [with Netanyahu] that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel," Morales said on a Facebook post went online after a phone call with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem," he said. "I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be".

The move backs US President Donald Trump’s decision on 6 December that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and his plan to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The UN's 193-member General Assembly adopted on Thursday a resolution on Jerusalem by an overwhelming majority, calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of the city as Israel's capital.

A total of 128 members voted in favour of the Jerusalem resolution, nine countries — Guatemala one of them — voted against and 35 others abstained. Twenty-one countries did not cast a vote.