Paraguay will also open its embassy soon
Following US foot prints Guatemala has now opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony, in an office complex in west Jerusalem. Guatemalan foreign minister Sandra Jovel also attended the event.
President Jimmy Morales arrived in Israel on Tuesday to open his country’s embassy in Jerusalem. He is expected to meet with his Israeli counterpart Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later in the afternoon.
US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday amidst Israeli forces firing on Palestinian protesters killing around 60 and wounding several hundred others. The protests were held against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem while it was coincided with the Nakaba day anniversary, commemorating the establishment of Israel state seventy years ago.
The ceremony was attended by a large high-level American delegation, including Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and envoys from several countries.
Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, as the capital of their future independent Palestinian state. Israel’s claim of the city being its capital was recently strengthened by US relocating its embassy.
Reacting to the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces Turkey has recalled its ambassadors from Israel and the U.S. for consultations. South Africa has also recalled its envoy from Israel.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 109 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by Israeli forces since the “right to return” protests began on March 30. Hundreds others have also been injured by Israeli gunfire.
Israeli media reports say that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold an official meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and foreign minister Sandra Jovel at his office later on Wednesday afternoon and will host dinner in the honour of Guatemalan president and his wife.
In 1959, Guatemala was the first country to open its embassy in Jerusalem, but later moved it to Tel Aviv, following international rejection of Israeli claims to East Jerusalem. Guatemala was also the first country after US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on December 24, 2017.