Guatemala has announced to relocate its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Following the footsteps of the U.S., Guatemala, a staunch Israeli ally, announced its embassy move. The President of Guatemala Mr. Jimmy Morales confirmed the move on Sunday from Tel Aviv.
Meanwhile, Guatemala voted against a non-binding UN resolution that condemned the U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Announcing the embassy shift from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Mr. Morales hailed the ‘excellent relations’ between Guatemala and Israel on Facebook, “Today I spoke with the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We are talking about the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel.”
“One of the most important topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem.”
“So I inform you that I have instructed the chancellor to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be,” Mr. Morales added.
תודה לנשיא גואטמלה ג׳ימי מוראלס על החלטתו להעביר את שגרירות גואטמלה לירושלים. זוהי רק ההתחלה, מדינות נוספות בדרך! דבריי בפתח ישיבת סיעת הליכוד: pic.twitter.com/Z4iRZ2zjVN
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 25, 2017
“God bless you, my friend, President Jimmy Morales, God bless both our countries, Israel and Guatemala,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in response.
The Foreign Ministry Spokesperson of Israel has lauded the move on Twitter. Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said, “Thank you Guatemala for your important decision to move your Embassy to Jerusalem! Wonderful news and true friendship!! Viva la amistad entre Guatemala y Israel.”
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) December 25, 2017
The President of Guatemala praised his country’s ties with Israel in many occasions. Recently, he said in an interview, “For 70 years we have maintained relations with Israel, which has always been our ally.”
Recently, the U.S. move to shift embassy to Jerusalem sparked massive international outcry and protests in Israel and Palestine.
The ensuing violence after Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced to shift embassy to Jerusalem has left 15 killed in Palestine.
Mahmoud Abbas calls on France to step up as he rejects US as peace broker https://t.co/RY5Sm5tlxx
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) December 22, 2017
The Palestinian leadership has rejected the U.S. role as the mediator between Israel and Palestine. Instead of accepting the U.S. role as a mediator the Palestinian President Abbas has urged the French President Macron to emerge as the peace broker.