Guatemalan Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel told reporters on Friday that her country’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is final and will not be changed. Jovel said she expects the world to respect Guatemala’s decision.


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A week after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced that his country will move its embassy to Jerusalem, Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel clarified that the decision concerning the embassy is final. “It is a decision we made and it’s not expected to change,” Jovel told journalists on Friday.

The foreign minister explained that Guatemala expects the international community to respect its decision as Guatemala respects the positions of other countries on the issue. On Wednesday, Jovel defended her country’s decision and denied the reports claiming that Washington pressured Guatemala into announcing the embassy move. “There wasn’t any pressure,” she explained. “The decision was made by the government as part of our foreign policy.”

A day after Morales announced his decision, Israeli Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Hotovely said during an interview with Reshet Bet that over 10 countries may move their embassies to Jerusalem. Hotovely refused to name the countries but mentioned the Romanian parliament head’s recent statement calling on his country to consider the move.