Guatemala inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem after United States move

Guatemalan flag hanging outside the building housing the offices of the Central American country's embassy in the Israeli city of Herzliya near Tel Aviv

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

The Palestinian Authority today recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended a reception to mark the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

"It's not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first, you are always among the first", said Netanyahu. "You were the second country to recognise Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948. Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States.

Paraguay is expected to follow the U.S and Guatemala's lead, and plans to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem in the coming weeks. Mohammad Momani, the Minister of State for Media Affairs, called the move "an irresponsible step" and that all "peace-loving countries should support the two-state solution based on the global legitimacy, which calls on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on pre-June 4, 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital".

The Palestinians said they consider the participation a "grave violation of global law".

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A statement from the PA's foreign ministry said the European Union nations' ambassadors had attended the Israeli sponsored event on Sunday, a day before the USA opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem.

On Monday, in the presence of a US delegation, including US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a brand new US embassy was inaugurated at Jerusalem's Arnona area.

On Wednesday, a day after expelling Israel's ambassador in response to the Gaza deaths, Turkey ordered the Israeli consul general in Istanbul to return home. The outlet says a couple of other countries are considering a similar move.

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