After US, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

Global powers including the UK, France and Russian Federation had previously slammed the USA decision to move their embassy, while 128 nations backed a UN resolution rejecting the White House recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The 10 a.m. dedication of the Jerusalem embassy will be attended by the Central American country's president, Jimmy Morales, and foreign minister, Sandra Jovel, as well as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The United States opened its Jerusalem embassy in the southern Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood on Monday.

"Guatemala opened an Embassy in Jerusalem after the United States", - said in the message.

Following US foot prints Guatemala has now opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

U.S. relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday amidst Israeli forces firing on Palestinian protesters killing around 60 and wounding several hundred others. You were always among the first.

Trump ignored widespread anger and condemnation and pushed ahead with embassy relocation plans.

Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops
Palestinian protesters run for cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops

Trump's move reversed decades of US policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. That move caused some tension because both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

In 1980, Guatemala pulled its diplomats from Jerusalem after the Knesset announced the controversial Jerusalem Law, which triumphantly declared the city, "complete and united", as Israel's capital. The Trump administration has said the city's final borders should be decided by the parties.

Palestinian leaders said by relocating the embassy the United States had created incitement and instability in the region and abrogated its role as a peace mediator.

On Tuesday, the Palestinians marked the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day, or "the Day of Catastrophe", to demand their rights of return to homes occupied by Israel in the 1948 war.

Reacting to the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces Turkey has recalled its ambassadors from Israel and the US for consultations.

The inauguration was attended by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

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