Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, 2 days after US move

Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, 2 days after US move

Israel's passage in June 1980 of a law proclaiming Jerusalem its "indivisible and eternal capital" led to a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on Guatemala and several other countries to move their embassies to Tel Aviv.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales attended the opening Wednesday morning of the embassy in the Technological Park of southern Jerusalem's Malha neighborhood. He is expected to meet with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the afternoon.

USA blamed for deadly clash in the Gaza strip on Hamas.

Guatemala is now the second country to move its Israeli embassy back to Jerusalem. The protests were held against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem while it was coincided with the Nakaba day anniversary, commemorating the establishment of Israel state seventy years ago.

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Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his gratitude towards United States President Donald Trump for the same.

He said that peace-loving nations should support the two-state solution agreed upon by the worldwide community, which requires the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

And Al Jazeera reports Paraguay plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem by the end of May.

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

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On Wednesday, a day after expelling Israel's ambassador in response to the Gaza deaths, Turkey ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return home. Hundreds others have also been injured by Israeli gunfire.

Netanyahu hailed the opening of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem as "the beginning of something extraordinary" in the relationship between the two countries.

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.

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