Arab League urges Guatemala to cancel embassy move to Jerusalem

The secretary-general of the Arab League formally requested Thursday that Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales rescind his decision to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem in May. Earlier this week, Morales announced that the move would take place two days after the United States relocates its embassy to Jerusalem.
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On Thursday, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit urged Guatemala to rescind its decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official news site Wafa.

Aboul-Gheit’s spokesperson said in a statement that the Arab League secretary-general sent an urgent letter to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, expressing his opposition to Guatemala’s plan to move the embassy.

Earlier this week, Morales spoke at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington, DC. During his speech, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and announced his plans to move his country’s embassy to the holy city on May 16, two days after the United States plans to relocate its embassy.

About two weeks after US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Morales announced his intention to move the embassy to the city. Last month, the US State Department confirmed that the embassy would move to Jerusalem in May in honor of Israel’s 70th anniversary.

Guatemala was one of the nine countries that voted against a UN resolution that condemned Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem in December. Trump personally thanked Morales for his support at the UN last month when the two met in Washington, DC. “President Trump thanked President Morales for supporting the United States and Israel, and for his announced decision to move the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem,” a White House readout stated.

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