Guatemala Announces Embassy Move To Jerusalem Following US Recognition As Capital

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
Guatemala is now officially the first nation to move embassy to Jerusalem following Trump’s announcement, President Morales posted on Facebook that he had just spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In spite of criticisms that have trailed the U.S.
recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Guatemala has concluded
plans to join U.S. in the move.
This followed the announcement of Guatemalan President
Jimmy Morales, on Christmas Eve, to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem.
His decision comes less than a month after President
Donald Trump announced the U.S. would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem
from Tel Aviv.
“We are talking about the excellent relations that we
have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of
Israel,” Morales wrote in the translated Facebook post.
Nine countries including Honduras, Micronesia, the
Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Togo, Guatemala, the U.S. and Israel, voted
“no” to the UN request for U.S. to rescind its decision to recognise Jerusalem
as Israel’s capital.
In addition, 35 countries abstained from the vote and
21 were “absent.” In all, 128 countries supported the measure.
U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, who had earlier
warned that the U.S. would take names after the vote, singled out the countries
that did not vote for the resolution, inviting them to a January reception to
“thank you for your friendship to the United States.”
No other country has its embassy for Israel in
Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

Neither the U.S. nor Guatemala specified exactly when
its embassy would move.

Read more at: Fox news


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