Guatemala to move embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, backing Trump

Following Trump's lead Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

In his post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he chose to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

Israel is welcoming Guatemala's decision to follow the United States in planning to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wished Christians around the world a "Merry Christmas". Well here is the second country and I reiterate: "It is only the beginning and it is important".

"We are in contact with at least ten countries, some of them in Europe" to discuss the move, deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely told public radio.

As a sequel to that, the UN General Assembly voted to adopt a non-binding resolution on the status of Jerusalem.

In July, Morales decorated the outgoing Israeli ambassador Moshe Bachar with the Order of Quetzal on the Grand Cross degree, the country's highest honor, in recognition of his cooperation in strengthening the political dialogue between the Central American nation and the Jewish state. Violence, corruption and poverty have made them the main source of illegal migration to the United States, which is giving them $750 million to provide better conditions at home.

Trump didn't set a timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy, and neither did Guatemala's president.


Security Council subsequently voted on a Egypt-drafted resolution to make the United States withdraw its decision.

Morales's position has become fragile in recent months because of allegations of corruption against him being investigated by a special UN-backed body working with Guatemalan prosecutors. Thirty-five nations abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.

Others, such as Britain, France, Germany and South Korea were in the majority of 128 nations denouncing any unilateral decision to view Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Seventy years ago, when the United Nations voted to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab states, Jerusalem was defined as a separate entity under worldwide supervision.

"God bless both our countries - Israel and Guatemala!"

Trump has tasked his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who had no prior experience in government, with spearheading the complicated peace plan efforts.

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