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Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem, president says

25 Décembre 2017

Guatemala was one of only a handful of countries to vote last week with the US and Israel against passing a non-binding resolution at the United Nations declaring Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital "null and void".

Trump didn't set any timetable for moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and neither did Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales.

At a news conference jointly held with Maltese Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela following a meeting in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, he said, "The recent voting of the UN General Assembly.was a victory (for) Palestine and big failure (for) the USA and its clear biased policy (toward) Israel".

The country became the first to follow the United States in this regard after the US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The non-binding UNGA resolution was backed by 128 states, while 35 countries abstained.

Security Council subsequently voted on a Egypt-drafted resolution to make the United States withdraw its decision.

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No country now has their embassy in Jerusalem, although the Czech Republic said it is also considering such a move.

"There are practical issues", Dragnea told reporters in Bucharest, "All the central institutions in Israel are in Jerusalem, ambassadors and embassy staff are going from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem".

"We are absolutely certain that it is the right route", Morales said earlier this week of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem, adding, that Israel is an "ally of Guatemala and we must support it". While the Israeli PM did not name the countries contemplating such a move, he did reveal that Israel is now engaged in a concerted diplomatic campaign to muster support for Israel.

Mohammed Sami al-Dahdouh was injured in Gaza protesting Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital. In 1980, it proclaimed Jerusalem as its "eternal, undivided capital". For their part, the Palestinians say East Jerusalem must be the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.

Israeli soldiers opened fire on protesters with live bullets, tear gas and stun grenades.

Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem, president says