UPDATED 11:06 AM PT — Wed. May 16, 2018
Guatemala becomes the second nation to formally move their Israel embassy to Jerusalem.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on site for the grand opening early Wednesday.
During the ceremony, Netanyahu praised the Central American country for its long friendship and recognition of the Jewish State.
The opening comes nearly 30-years after the UN ordered Guatemala and 13 other nations to relocate their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
“It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first, you are always among the first,” said Netanyahu. “You are the second country to recognize Israel, but you had a very important role in this.”
Paraguay is expected to follow the U..S and Guatemala’s lead, and plans to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem in the coming weeks.