Two days after the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, Guatemala’s embassy will move to the holy city. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend the opening ceremony.
After the US, Guatemala moves its embassy to Jerusalem Photo Credit: Twitter screenshot
Guatemala’s embassy opened in Jerusalem on Wednesday with a special dedication ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the president of the Central America country, Jimmy Morales, making Guatemala the first country to move its embassy to the holy city after the United States. The Guatemalan embassy is located in Jerusalem Technology Park in the city’s the Malha neighborhood.
“It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy among the first—you were always among the first,” Netanyahu said during the ceremony. “You were the second country to recognize Israel, but you had a very important role in this.” The Israeli prime minister went on to mention the efforts made by Guatemala’s ambassador in 1947 to rally support for the recognition of Israel in the United Nations.
“In his honor, and the honor of Guatemala’s efforts in those days, there’s a Guatemala street right here in Jerusalem…because we remember our friends, and Guatemala is our friend—then and now,” he added. Netanyahu also announced that during his next trip to Central America, he will visit Guatemala.
From left to right: Guatemalan FM Sandra Jovel, Sara Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayahu, Guatemalan Jimmy Morales and his wife Photo Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/POOL
Earlier this week, the US moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The transfer was marked with a ceremony that was attended by a large senior delegation from Washington, which included Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt. Although US President Donald Trump could not attend the ceremony, representing the First Family were his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, both of whom are Jewish and hold official positions in the White House.
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