Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after US


Guatemala opened an Embassy, in Jerusalem, on Wednesday, two days after the United States made the same move. The Guatemalan Congress recently passed a law marking May 14 as "Israel-Guatemala Friendship Day".

Earlier it was reported that Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales arrived in Israel amid violent protests in the Gaza Strip triggered by the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

"I think we need more Guatemala Streets in Israel", he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it was fitting since Guatemala also followed the be the second country to recognize Israel 70 years ago.

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Guatemala is one of only seven countries that sided with the United States on the moving of its embassy to Jerusalem, a move that received global backlash.

"The obvious calculation, however, that a lot of analysts would point to is that if Guatemala, as would many Latin American countries, wants to have a good relationship with this U.S. administration, key to it politically and economically is being as close as possible to Israel", said Fawcett. The latter is a major arms supplier to the central American nation.

Paraguay said it will also relocate its embassy. Before 1980, Guatemala and a dozen countries maintained an embassy in Jerusalem. The move infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital. "And we'd also like to see Israel Streets in Guatemala".

The UN Security Council met in an emergency session on Tuesday to discuss the developments. Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and consul general and several European countries summoned the Israeli ambassadors to their foreign ministries for questioning and called for an global investigation.