Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem

"We discussed the excellent relations that we have had as nations since Guatemala supported the creation of the state of Israel", Morales wrote on his official Facebook account.

President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala on Sunday instructed his embassy to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

U.S. President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Dec 6, reversing decades of U.S. policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

In a post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he made a decision to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016.

"Other countries will recognize Jerusalem and announce the relocation of their embassies".

President Trump's December 6 announcement, that the USA would change decades of US policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, was met with clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces. Morales gave no timetable for when the Guatemalan embassy will move.

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Israel's passage in June 1980 of a law proclaiming Jerusalem its "indivisible and eternal capital" led to a U.N. Security Council resolution calling upon those countries to move their embassies to Tel Aviv, prompting their transfer.

Only eight countries stood with the United States in voting no to the resolution held in the UN General Assembly, among them Guatemala and fellow Central American country Honduras.

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the global community.

The United Nations General Assembly has overwhelmingly rejected the Trump administration's decision to recognize the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Many governments have long said the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations. The 128-9 vote indicated that few countries favor the US decision.

Several significant U.S. allies abstained from the United Nations vote, among them Australia, Canada, Mexico and Poland.

  • Adam Floyd