Israeli Foreign Ministry: Paraguay to Move Embassy to Jerusalem
Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of May, a Paraguay government spokesman and the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday, following the United States and Guatemala.
“Paraguay President Horacio Cartes plans to come to Israel by the end of the month to open an embassy in Jerusalem,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.
A Paraguay government spokesman said Cartes was scheduling a trip to Israel to move the embassy on May 21 or May 22.
The announcement comes one week before the United States embassy opens in Jerusalem on May 14 in accordance with President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 recognition of the city as Israel‘s capital.
In March Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, said that his country would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the US move.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in April that “at least half a dozen” countries were now “seriously discussing” following the US lead, but he did not identify them.
Paraguay’s embassy is currently located near Tel Aviv.
BREAKING!!- Paraguay will open its embassy in #Jerusalem until end of May ! President Cartes will open the embassy ! Wonderful news as the international recognition of #Jerusalem as #Israel’s capital gathers momentum. Gracias Paraguay por su amistad 🇮🇱 🇵🇾 @IsraelMFA
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) May 7, 2018
Israel’s consul general in New York, Dani Dayan, welcomed the development, tweeting:
Wonderful news. Paraguay is the third country to open an Embassy in Jerusalem this month. President Cartes will arrive to inaugurate it personally. 🇮🇱 🇵🇾
— Dani Dayan (@AmbDaniDayan) May 7, 2018