Published: 2018-03-05 12:27
Last Updated: 2018-03-05 13:19
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday at a conference in Washington, that Guatemala will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem two days after the US embassy makes the same move, Middle East Monitor (MEM) reported.
At the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual policy conference, Morales said the US President’s move encouraged Guatemala “to do what’s right” by moving the embassy to Jerusalem.
Earlier in December, Morales announced that he had already given instruction for the relocation of the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem, following the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Also in December, Trump announced that his country will cut off financial aid to countries that are in favour of the UN resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Guatemala was among the nine other countries who voted against the resolution.
Israeli parliamentary speaker, Yuli Edelstein congratulated Guatemala’s president on his decision in December with the tweet "Your decision proves that you and your country are true friends of Israel”.