Guatemala inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Over the weekend, the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut a blue-and-white ribbon as the official opening of the embassy. The Palestinians in the weekly protests in Gaza demands the right of return to Israel and the lifting of a decade-old naval blockade.

The event marks the day when Israel was created in the midst of a violent campaign that led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland. In the ceremony which was held on Wednesday, Morales said that Guatemala was bringing a message of "love, peace and fraternity" to Israel. The latter is a major arms supplier to the Central American nation.

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem
Guatemala inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

Paraguay said it will also relocate its embassy. The outlet says a couple of other countries are considering a similar move. But the embassy move has sent a firm message that the USA believes the controversial holy city rightfully belongs to Israel.

U.S. president Donald Trump announced his decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there, triggering a joyous reaction from Mr Netanyahu's government.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, but it is not recognised by worldwide community.

The Arab League and the French government condemned the U.S. embassy move as illegal and in contravention of UN Security Council resolutions surrounding the conflict. These countries also demanded an global investigation.

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