In a move supporting the US, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he has instructed his foreign ministry to begin working towards moving the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem. Guatemala was one of the nine countries that voted against the UN resolution calling to revoke the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Thursday.

Morales and Netanyahu (archive)

Morales and Netanyahu (archive) Photo Credit: Reuters/Israel News Company

President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday that his country will move its embassy to Jerusalem, in a move supporting US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Guatemala backed the US in the UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem’s status on Thursday.

In a post on his official Facebook page, Morales said he made the decision after speaking with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. Morales noted the excellent relations that have existed between the two countries in the years since Israel’s creation.

Guatemala was one of the nine countries that opposed the mainly symbolic vote last week, with an overwhelming majority of 128 member-states voting in favor of the decision against Jerusalem’s recognition. Togo, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Honduras, Nauru and Palau joined Guatemala in rejecting the resolution.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon lauded the Guatemalan decision on Sunday. “Thank you President Jimmy Morales for your brave stance in ordering Guatemala’s embassy to return to Jerusalem,” said Danon in a post on his official Twitter account. “We’re looking forward to even more countries joining us this year in our capital Jerusalem.”

As previously reported by JOL, Romanian President of the Chamber of Deputies Liviu Dragnea stated on Friday that his country is considering transferring its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Romania was among the 35 countries that abstained during the UN vote.