Guatemala Inaugurates Embassy In Jerusalem After US


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

Guatemala inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the US opened its embassy in the disputed holy city. "You were the second country to recognise Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

This comes two-days after the United States (US) inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians have said that they believe the participation of diplomats of European countries in opening the Embassy of the United States "a serious violation of worldwide law".

Paraguay is expected to follow the U.S and Guatemala's lead, and plans to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem in the coming weeks.

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Trump's move reversed decades of USA policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

Post the opening of the embassy, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of 62 agitators.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel. The United States opened its Jerusalem embassy in the southern Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood on Monday.

Al Momani expalined that the decision of the government of Guatemala to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem is a flagrant violation of worldwide law and United Nations resolutions, especially the recent General Assembly resolution, which rejected US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.