Guatemala to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Guatemala to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Guatemala to Move Embassy From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said on his official Facebook account on Sunday that after talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct his foreign ministry to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

In his post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

Guatemala's leader made the announcement on Christmas Eve, three days after two-thirds of UN member states rejected Trump's decision to have the United States recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

"God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales, God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala", Netanyahu said, switching to English, in remarks to a weekly meeting of his Likud party faction in parliament. Well here is the second country and I reiterate: "It is only the beginning and it is important".

Both Central American countries were two of the nine nations that voted "no" alongside the USA at the UN General Assembly to oppose the denouncement of Trump's decision.

The eight countries on the United States side of the vote were: Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

"Please come to Israel", he said.

Morales, like Trump, was a television entertainer with no real political experience before becoming president of Guatemala in 2016.

Trump's December 6 announcement has triggered weeks of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces, which have left 12 Palestinians dead.

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the worldwide community.

Mr Trump did not set any timetable for moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales.

The resolution passed at the United Nations declared the USA action on Jerusalem "null and void".

Several significant United States allies abstained from the UN vote, among them Australia, Canada, Mexico and Poland.

The Palestinians and much of the global community have said the status of Jerusalem is to be settled as part of peace negotiations.

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