After US, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

After US, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, next to his wife Hilda Patricia Marroquin, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as his wife Sara Netanyahu stands by him, during the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Guatemala in Jerusalem, May 16, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool

Jerusalem: Guatemala on Wednesday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.

This comes two-days after the United States (US) inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem.

The inauguration was attended by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

“This is the beginning of something extraordinary, or I would say, the re-beginning of something extraordinary, which is the relationship between Guatemala and Israel,” the Times of Israel reported, citing Netanyahu, as saying.
“You are always among the first, always among the first.We remember our friends, and Guatemala is our friend – then and now,” Netanyahu went on, recalling that Guatemala was the second nation, after the US, to recognize Israel in May 1948.

Netanyahu also promised to visit Guatemala in his next trip to Latin America, according to the several media reports.

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.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his gratitude towards United States President Donald Trump for the same.

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. (ANI)