Guatemala Returns to Jerusalem

Guatemala is relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, Guatemalan President Ramiro de Leon Carpio has announced.

Until 1980, the Guatemalan Embassy — along with 13 other embassies — was located in Jerusalem.

But after the Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, Arab pressure led the embassies to relocate to the Tel Aviv area.

Guatemala joins Costa Rica and El Salvador, which returned their embassies to Jerusalem in the early 1980s.

Reacting to the Guatemalan government’s decision, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said it “views this symbolic — but politically important — step with great satisfaction and believes that, in light of the positive changes taking place in our region, other nations will follow in Guatemala’s footsteps.”

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