Guatemala brings a message of “love, peace and fraternity” to Israel, President Jimmy Morales Wednesday at the inauguration of the country’s new embassy in Jerusalem. Following Monday’s inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Guatemala became the second country to officially move its embassy to the city. The embassy was dedicated at 10 A.M. at offices at the technology park in the Jerusalem’s southern Malkha neighborhood.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jimmy Morales both spoke at the ceremony. In the afternoon, the two are scheduled to meet again at the Prime Minister’s Office, where they will be joined by Guatemala’s foreign minister, Sandra Jovel. They will attend a reception at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, after which Netanyahu and Morales as well as their wives will have dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence.
In practice, the Guatemalan embassy had already moved to its new offices to the Malkha technology park several weeks ago. At the time, the Israeli prime minister tweeted: “I was moved to see the Guatemalan flag waving in Jerusalem in advance of the opening of the Guatemalan embassy later this month. Dear friends, welcome back to our eternal capital!”
On his visit earlier this year in Washington, Netanyahu met there with Morales, who had spoken the evening before at the annual conference of the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby. At the time, the Guatemalan president announced that along with the United States, Guatemala was moving up the date of the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem. At their Washington meeting, Netanyahu thanked Morales for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
From elsewhere in Latin America, Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes is due to arrive in Israel on May 21 for the opening of his own country’s embassy in Jerusalem. Love Love Love Love Love Love Love