Published: 2018-04-27 16:30
Last Updated: 2018-04-27 16:30
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes announced on Friday that his country will be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following the steps of US President Donald Trump.
Cartes made the announcement during a celebration marking Israel's 70th Independence Day. The event was attended by the Israeli Ambassador to Paraguay, Zeev Harel.
The President did not specify the exact date of the relocation, but he confirmed that it will take place before the end of term as President.
Mario Abdo Benitez was elected as the next President of Paraguay on Sunday.
It is unclear if the decision was coordinated with the president elect, who will take office in August 2018.
Trump announced in December 2017 that he will be moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018. At the time, he also recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Since then, many anti-Trump demonstrations took place in Palestine and across the world, which described Trump's decision as destructive of the two-state solution.