UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – Guatemala began the process of moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the Times of Israel reported on Wednesday.
According to the publication, the transportation of furniture and equipment to the new diplomatic mission building began, some employees of the Embassy of Guatemala have already left their office apartments in Tel Aviv and moved to Jerusalem.
Earlier this week, representatives of Guatemala in Israel transported the flag of the country to Jerusalem. “I went to see the flag of Guatemala, fluttering over Jerusalem, on the eve of the opening of the embassy later this month.” Dear friends, welcome to our eternal capital, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in his tweet.
It is expected that on May 14 the president of Guatemala Jimmy Morales and the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country Sandra Jovel will take part in the official opening ceremony of the embassy in Jerusalem.
In December 2017, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy from Tel Aviv to this city. Then Guatemala announced the decision .
This decision gave rise to a wave of discontent in the Muslim world. On December 21, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on countries not to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
At the end of April this year, Trump stated that he could go to Israel for the opening ceremony of the American Embassy in Jerusalem.