Another country opened an Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala was set to open its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, two days after the U.S. moved its mission to the capital.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on site for the grand opening early Wednesday.

Netanyahu noted that Guatemala was the second country behind the United States to recognize Israel's independence after the partition vote in the United Nations. Paraguay said it would join later.

US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, enraging Palestinians, has left several Latin American countries pondering whether to follow suit.

Post the opening of the embassy, violent clashes erupted between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers at the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of 62 agitators.

Following US foot prints Guatemala has now opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. You were always among the first.

Paraguay is expected to follow the U.S and Guatemala's lead, and plans to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem in the coming weeks.

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Juncker is set to jet off to Sofia , Bulgaria, for a working dinner with EU leaders on the eve of the EU-Western Balkan summit. Trump also announced that the USA re-imposes the "highest level of economic sanctions" on the Islamic Republic.

Trump's move reversed decades of US policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Palestine-Israel conflict, with Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel since 1967, as the capital of their future independent Palestinian state. The Trump administration has said the city's final borders should be decided by the parties.

At least 61 Palestinians were killed on Monday in the deadliest day in the besieged territory since 2014 war.

Palestinian leaders said by relocating the embassy the United States had created incitement and instability in the region and abrogated its role as a peace mediator. Placed during the week that Palestinian marks the 70th anniversary of Nakba, the cataclysmic exodus which followed the expulsion of 700,000 Palestinians from their homes, both openings are an attempt to divert the global community's attention.

Reacting to the killings of Palestinians by Israeli forces Turkey has recalled its ambassadors from Israel and the USA for consultations.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

President Jimmy Morales arrived in Israel on Tuesday to open his country's embassy in Jerusalem.

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