Paraguay to become 3rd country to relocate embassy to Jerusalem

After the United States and Guatemala transfer their embassies to Jerusalem, Paraguay will open its embassy in the city. Outgoing Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and his successor plan to be in Jerusalem for the move, which will take place at the end of the month.
Cartes and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes will arrive in Israel at the end of the month to inaugurate his country’s embassy opening in Jerusalem. According to Hadashot news, Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the matter over the phone in recent days and decided on two possible dates for the ceremony. Prior to Paraguay’s embassy transfer, the United States will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, followed by a similar move by Guatemala two days later.

Cartes, who will finish his term in August, will be accompanied by Mario Abdo Benítez, the country’s incoming president. The visit by the senior Paraguayan delegation is set for either May 20 or 21, a spokesperson for the Paraguay government told Reuters.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon hailed Paraguay’s decision. “Wonderful news as the international recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital gathers momentum,” he wrote on Twitter.

Last month, Cartes announced that he intends to relocate Paraguay’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of his term. At a celebration marking Israel’s 70th anniversary of independence, Cartes said that he is personally committed to the embassy transfer. At the time, Nahshon tweeted about Cartes’ pledge, saying that it was “good news from Paraguay.”

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