Guatemala is to move its embassy to Jerusalem, President Jimmy Morales announced on Sunday, December 24, 2017 following in the controversial footsteps of US President Donald Trump.
Morales said he had instructed his Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel to initiate the move and had informed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the decision.
The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution last week asking the US to reverse its recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Only nine countries voted against the move, while 128 countries were in favour.
Morales defended Guatemala’s decision to support the US, saying, “Although there were only nine of us in the whole world, we are completely certain and convinced that this is the correct route.”