follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared on Sunday night he had given instructions to move the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Trump’s move caused anger in the world, especially in Europe and Arab countries.
In a short post on his Facebook account, Morales said he decided to move the embassy from Tel Aviv after talking to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the issue.
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Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We talked about the excellent relations we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel.
One of the most relevant issues was the return of the Embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem.
For which I inform you that I have given instructions to the Chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be so.
God bless you.
Last week, on Dec 21th, a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution supported by 128 countries calling on the United States to refrain from Jerusalem. Only 7 small countries, including Guatemala, supported The US and Israel.
Over the weekend, Romanian Social Democratic Party’s leader, Liviu Drania, said that the country should “seriously consider” the transfer of the Romanian embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for practical reasons. “All the central institutions Israel is in Jerusalem, and ambassadors and embassy staff are traveling from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” he explained. Romanian was one of 35 countries who refrained from voting on the UN resolution on Thursday.
Despite Dranea’s remark, there were no signs that Romania had considered such a move.