Guatemala announces plan to move Israel embassy to Jerusalem

December 25, 2017

 

By Olivia Beavers

 

The president of Guatemala on Sunday announced that the country plans to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, days after the United Nations overwhelmingly voted against President Trump’s decision to recognize the contested city as the Israeli capital.

“Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. We discussed the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel,” Morales wrote on his official Facebook account.

 

Jimmy Morales


Querido pueblo de Guatemala, hoy he conversado con el Primer Ministro de Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. Hablamos de las excelentes relaciones que hemos tenido como naciones desde que Guatemala apoyó la creación del Estado de Israel.
Uno de los temas de mayor relevancia fue el retorno de la Embajada de Guatemala a Jerusalén.
Por lo que les informo que he girado instrucciones a la Canciller para que inicie las coordinaciones respectivas para que así sea.
Dios los bendiga.
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Guatemala was one of the few countries to vote with the U.S. against passing a non-binding resolution at the U.N. declaring Trump’s Jerusalem decision “null and void.” Thirty-five nations abstained from the vote.

The final tally, 128-9 in favor of passing the resolution, served as a stinging rebuke of the Trump administration’s decision from all corners of the globe. Some of the U.S.’s closest allies condemned the decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The vote, which essentially delivered a formal statement of a U.N. opinion, also adds political pressure on the White House to retreat from its decision.

Prior to the vote, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned countries who voted against the U.S. decision by stating that the U.S. will be “taking names.”

– The Hill (Published: 24/12/2017 06:37 PM EST)

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