Guatemala to move its embassy to Jerusalem


Published: 2017-12-25 13:30

Last Updated: 2024-05-22 23:27

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (Pinterest)
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (Pinterest)

Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales announced Sunday that he will move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem and that he had given instructions for the move already, according to Middle East Eye (MEE).

The decision came after Morales spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday.

Trump announced that he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel earlier this month and later threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour of the UN resolution rejecting Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

However 128 members were unaffected by the threat, voting in favour of the resolution, while only nine voted against, including Guatemala.

Israeli parliamentary speaker, Yuli Edelstein congratulated Guatemala’s president on his decision via twitter.

"Your decision proves that you and your country are true friends of Israel," he added.

Matty Cohen, Israeli ambassador to Guatemala, said the embassy move will happen after the US relocated its own embassy to Jerusalem, MEE reported.
US officials said it would take at least two years.