Guatemala will move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the United States moves its embassy to the city. “As a sovereign decision, we recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said Sunday.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday at AIPAC’s annual policy conference in Washington that the Guatemalan embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem in May. The move is planned for May 16, two days after the United States plans to move its embassy.
“As a sovereign decision, we recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Morales said. “In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instructions, two days after the United States moves its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy to Jerusalem.”
In December of last year, Morales said that he planned to make the move and that his foreign ministry had begun the process. Guatemala is the first nation to announce its plan to move its embassy to Jerusalem since US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“It’s important to be among the first, but it is more important to do what is right,” Morales said on Sunday. “Therefore, as President of Guatemala and the person responsible for foreign affairs policy of my country, backed by the constitution of the Republic of Guatemala, I decided to return the Guatemalan Embassy to Jerusalem.”