Guatemala to Move Embassy to Jerusalem

Guatemalan president Jimmy Morales said Sunday he ordered the Foreign Ministry to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem a few days after his government backed the United States in a row over the city’s status.

The decision comes three weeks after the United States decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and four days after Guatemala was one of only nine countries in the UN to vote against a resolution slamming the US move.

“Today I spoke with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” Morales wrote on facebook. “We spoke about the great relationships we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel. One of the most relevant topics was the return of the embassy of Guatemala to Jerusalem. I inform you that I have given instructions to the Chancellor [Foreign Minister] to initiate the process to make it possible. God bless you,” he wrote.

Netanyahu said Friday in an interview with CNN Israel was in contact with several countries about following the American move, but did not say which ones.

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