(JNS) Guatemala will purportedly move its embassy to Jerusalem just two days after the expected opening of the new United States embassy in Israel’s capital in May, as announced by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on his Facebook page this week.
“I met this morning with Ambassador Guatemala in Israel Sarah Solis Castañeda, and with the CEO of the foreign ministry Maria Lucia Ramírez to discuss operations for the transfer of the embassy on May 16 to Jerusalem as per Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales,” Barkat wrote. “I congratulate the president of Guatemala and the government of Guatemala for the brave decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem...I call for more countries to follow the U.S. and Guatemala and to move their embassy to Jerusalem!”
Late last year, President Morales became one of the few world leaders to endorse President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv. At the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in early March, Morales confirmed his decision to also relocate the Guatemalan embassy to Israel’s capital.