Guatemala Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

OAN Newsroom
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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, third left, his wife Sara, second left, and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, center, watch as the Guatemalan First Lady Hilda Patricia Marroquin cuts the ribbon during the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Guatemala in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

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.