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President of Paraguay Says He Will Move Embassy to Jerusalem

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Paraguay President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara, at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem on July 19, 2016. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO. – Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes told attendees at a special event marking Israel’s 70th anniversary that his country would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Cartes said he hoped to perform the relocation before the end of his term in mid-August.

In March, Cartes’ government said the country would relocate the embassy if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to visit. Last September, Netanyahu became Israel’s first acting prime minister to visit Latin America, but did not stop in Paraguay.

Paraguay joins the United States, Honduras and Guatemala in committing to the move. The Czech Republic has also expressed interest, though the government has not issued a unified statement.

In December, US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, and promised to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Though Trump has stated that he would not be attending the grand opening in May, he surprised reporters on Friday by saying “I may go. I am very proud of it. Jerusalem has been a subject that has been promised for many, many years by presidents. They all made campaign promises but they never had the courage to carry it out. I carried it out.”

Guatemala has promised – and is expected – to move its embassy to Jerusalem just a day or two after the US.

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