Following US, Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem

New US Policy toward Jerusalem Will Advance Peace in the Region

Netanyahu hailed the opening of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem as "the beginning of something extraordinary" in the relationship between the two countries.

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

Nine countries - including the U.S. and Israel - voted against the resolution: Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

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. Paraguay has said it will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of May.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital.


Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, a dedicated Christian, was on hand to personally inaugurate his nation's new embassy at the Malha Technology Park.

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

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

TRT World's correspondent Ediz Tiyansan reports from Guatemala.

In December, President Donald Trump announced he would move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the country.

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