Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Guatemala announces date for relocation of embassy to Jerusalem

By News Express on 06/03/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 722

•Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
•Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

Guatemala’s president has announced that he will move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, two days after the United States will do so.

Speaking on Monday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee ((AIPAC) conference in Washington DC, Jimmy Morales said that the embassy move “strongly evidences Guatemala’s continued support and solidarity with the people of Israel”.

“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,” Morales said.

On May 15, Palestinians will mark Nakba Day, the annual commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.  

The move of the embassy will take place on May 16, with the Guatemalan president adding that he is “sure many other countries will follow in our steps”.

Morales also thanked US President Donald Trump for “leading the way ... His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right,” he said.

Trump’s administration announced their recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, breaking with decades of official US policy.

The decision led to the outbreak of protests throughout the occupied Palestinian territories, resulting in the deaths of at least 16 Palestinians by the Israeli army during the same month.

The move also drew worldwide condemnation. The international community does not recognise Israel’s annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, and 128 countries backed a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution that called for the US to rescind its move.

Guatemala was only one of the handful of countries to vote against the resolution, after the US had threatened to withdraw financial aid to countries who voted otherwise.

It was also the first country to back Trump’s decision on Jerusalem. The country’s close relations with the US is largely defined by its dependency on US financial support.

Furthermore, the local economy depends on money sent by hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans living in the US, with remittances reaching $8bn in the last year – roughly three-quarters of the Guatemalan budget.

For their part, the Palestinian foreign ministry described the Central American country’s announcement as “shameful and illegal”.

Prior to 1980, 13 countries had their embassies in Jerusalem. Yet after Israel passed a law declaring Jerusalem as its “indivisible and eternal capital”, a UN Security Council resolution called for these countries to move their embassies to Tel Aviv.

During his time in office from 1993-1996, Guatemala’s former President Ramiro de Leon Carpio – a big supporter of Israel – had ordered the transfer of his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Yet he was forced to reverse his decision after Muslim-majority countries threatened to suspend buying Guatemala’s biggest export, cardamom. (Al Jazeera News)

 

Source News Express

Posted 06/03/2018 05:21:33 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
Troops nab Boko Haram fuel suppliers

Russian military jet with 92 people on board...

CBN releases additional $250m for forwards market

Blame Governor el-Rufai for Kaduna’s persistent crises —...

Melaye’s certificate: CSNAC petitions SFU, alleges fraud, forgery...

Sex scandal: Miss Anambra must not be killed...

Corruption: National Assembly has right to probe Osun...

Obomkpa Blast: Mind your utterances, Uduaghan warns Delta...

Lagos donates trailer-loads of Lake Rice to security...

Russian Govt. vs Jehovah’s Witnesses: Supreme Court reconvenes...

Africa’s trafficking gangs flourish as nations fail to...

Senators’ N13.5m running cost declared illegal

 

Latest News Katsina APC lawmaker defects to PDP BREAKING: Senate refuses to confirm EFCC, ICPC nominees over lopsided appointments Kidnappers tie lecturer to tree, shoot him dead after ransom was paid 20,000 APC members defect to PDP in Akwa Ibom N27bn fraud: How EFCC arrested ex-Gov Orji’s son, friend at Abuja night club 2019: We’ll soon decide on Buhari, Atiku — Miyetti Allah Nigerian Army guilty of war crimes: ICC Obiano, Oye must go, says APGA chieftain Court orders trial of Prophet Ayorinde over alleged N118 million dud cheque PDP rejects Kashamu, insists Adebutu is ‘authentic’ Ogun guber candidate FG, ASUU break impasse with partial agreement Magu warns against vote-buying, calls for youth participation in political process

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (429,586 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (394,614 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (327,532 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (280,873 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (247,695 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (229,181 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (211,981 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (193,196 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (179,465 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (170,353 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (167,132 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (153,629 views)

 

Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (76) Business & Economy (3,872) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (972) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (575) Features (679) Global Business Monitor (311) International (2,805) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (69) News (41,338) Opinion (1,150) Pidgin (13) Politics (8,114) Religion (911) Sports (1,813) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera