Guatemala moves its embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem two days after U.S. move

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

In 1947, Guatemala supported the UN partition resolution that paved the way for Israel's independence, and was the second country to recognize Israel after the United States.

Minister of State for Media Affairs Mohammad Momani said Guatemala's government to relocate its embassy to occupied Jerusalem is a flagrant violation of the global law and UN resolutions, mainly the recent UN General Assembly resolution that rejected US President recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of "Israel". It also triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel. President Reuven Rivlin also met with Morales.

"It is important because this is the land of God.

I call upon other countries to join the United States and Guatemala - do the right thing and bring your embassies to the Jerusalem, our eternal capital!" And we read the Bible. Angelina Solis, Guatemala's ambassador to Israel, hailed her country's decision to return to Jerusalem as a "brave" and "historic" and revealed her belief that "a lot of blessings will come after this decision".

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"This is the beginning of something extraordinary, or I would say, the re-beginning of something extraordinary, which is the relationship between Guatemala and Israel", the Times of Israel reported, citing Netanyahu, as saying.

Netanyahu noted in his remarks that there is a Guatemala Street not far from the new embassy.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales dedicated the embassy Wednesday just two days after a high-powered American delegation also marked the transfer of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Morales arrived at the David Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv along with his wife, Patricia Marroquin, and was welcomed by the Guatemalan ambassador in Israel and the foreign minister Sandra Jovel, as well as Israeli foreign ministry officials.

The Israeli premier said he would visit Guatemala on his next visit to Latin America.

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