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Guatemala Says It Will Move Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

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By    |   Sunday, 24 December 2017 09:13 PM

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday that his country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of U.S. President Donald Trump in announcing the change, The Hill reported.

Morales said in his official Facebook account that he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the return of the Guatemala embassy to Jerusalem and that he instructed the chancellor to initiate the process to do so.

Guatemala was one of only a handful of countries to vote last week with the U.S. and Israel against passing a non-binding resolution at the United Nations declaring Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void."

That resolution was overwhelmingly adopted by a vote of 128-9. Thirty-five countries abstained, while an additional 21 did not attend the vote.

Morales visited Israel last year and was warmly welcomed by Netanyahu, who thanked Guatemala for its early support of Israel and said that the friendly relations could be advanced even further, according to The Times of Israel.

Morales did not set any timetable for moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the same tactic Trump used when he made his announcement earlier this month, the Guardian reported.

No country currently has their embassy in Jerusalem, although the Czech Republic said it is also considering such a move.

There have been weeks of riots in which 12 Palestinians have been killed since Trump's announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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