Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem in May

Posted March 06, 2018

But the embassy was moved to Tel Aviv as an worldwide outcry grew against Israeli claims on eastern Jerusalem. The move is planned for May 16, two days after the United States plans to move its embassy.

Before visiting Guatemala, Haley also met with the recently-reelected president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, to greet him for the controversial electoral victory and also thank him for his support of Israel.

Morales said on Sunday night that Trump's decision was an impetus for his.

He added the decision "strongly evidences Guatemala's continued support and solidarity with the people of Israel".

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The Arab League denounced on Monday a decision of Guatemalan authorities to relocate the country's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the regional bloc's assistant undersecretary for Palestinian affairs, Dr. Saeed Abuali, said in a statement.

The Palestinians fumed over Trump's move.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem as their capital. All of them are telling us 'You are the sovereign of Jerusalem.

The Israeli government considers the entire city to be its undivided capital, although the worldwide consensus is that the city's status should be decided through negotiations and not unilateral moves.

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In 2016, Trump's presence and speech at AIPAC, where he called himself the "true friend of Israel", won support from the pro-Israeli voting population and lobbies in the U.S.

Morales, an evangelical Christian, thanked President Trump for his leadership in declaring that the US Embassy would move.

It had based its embassy in Jerusalem until 1980, along with 12 other countries, but it was forced to move it to Tel Aviv by a U.N. Security Council resolution in the same year after Israel passed a law calling the whole of Jerusalem its capital.

Both leaders also discussed deepening bilateral ties and cooperation, with Morales inviting Netanyahu to visit the Central American country.

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