2018-05-23 / Mideast

Guatemala moves Israel embassy

Guatemala inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to move its main diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales attended the opening of the embassy in the Technological Park of southern Jerusalem’s Malha neighborhood.

“This is the beginning of something extraordinary, or I would say, the rebeginning of something extraordinary, which is the relationship between Guatemala and Israel,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu noted that Guatemala was the second country behind the United States to recognize Israel’s independence after the partition vote in the United Nations.

Guatemala previously had an embassy in Jerusalem, the first country in the world to open an embassy in the city in 1956. It closed in 1980 following a United Nations Security Council resolution that called for such closures. (JTA)

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