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May 16, 2018 10:23 am

Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Two Days After US Move

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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem following the dedication ceremony of the Guatemalan embassy, May 16, 2018. Photo: Debbie Hill / Pool via Reuters.

Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States inaugurated its new site in the Israeli capital.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the embassy’s opening on Wednesday in an office complex in west Jerusalem.

“It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first. You were always among the first. You were the second country to recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

Morales said his country, Israel and the US “share friendship, courage and loyalty.”

Guatemala was one of only a few nations that backed US President Donald Trump’s decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and is only the second country to move its embassy to the city. Paraguay said it will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of May.

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