World Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, second country to follow U.S. lead

13:51  21 may  2018
13:51  21 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem by the end of May, a Paraguay government spokesman and the Israeli foreign ministry said on Monday, following the United States and Guatemala.

Guatemala inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States' deeply controversial move that was accompanied by deadly violence on the Gaza border.

a group of people sitting in front of a curtain: Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes sits next to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem, ahead of the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Paraguay in Jerusalem © REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes sits next to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at his residence in Jerusalem, ahead of the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Paraguay in Jerusalem Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv.

Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian anger. It was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.

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The United States on Monday celebrated the opening of its embassy in Jerusalem , making it the first country to make the "provocative" move from Tel Aviv. On Wednesday, Guatemala moved its embassy to the Israeli city. Other countries including Paraguay and Romania are considering the

Meanwhile, Paraguay has also announced relocating its embassy to Jerusalem , whereas Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras are considering doing European Union to activate statute to shield firms from U . S . sanctions against Iran. Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem , following U . S . lead .

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad international backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital.

"This is a historic day that strengthens ties between Paraguay and Israel," Cartes said at the ceremony.

"A great day for Israel. A great day for Paraguay. A great day for our friendship," Netanyahu responded. "You have not only the support of our government but the profound gratitude of the people Israel."

Hanan Ashrawi, an official of the Palestine Liberation Organization, denounced Paraguay's move.

"By adopting such a provocative and irresponsible measure that is in direct contravention of international law and consensus, Paraguay has conspired with Israel, the United States and Guatemala to entrench the military occupation and to seal the fate of occupied Jerusalem," Ashrawi said in a statement.

In December, U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of U.S. policy and upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.

Most world powers do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the entire city and says its final status should be set in peace negotiations.

(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller; Editing by Dan Williams and Matthew Mpoke Bigg)

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Palestinian protesters on Monday threw eggs at a US delegation in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and held up signs with anti-American slogans in a bid to prevent them attending an event. Around 15 protesters confronted a vehicle from the US consulate in Jerusalem as it made its way into Beit Jala, near Bethlehem, and pelted it with eggs, an AFP photographer said.They also held up signs that read: "US government you are not welcome in Palestine".Another one read: "Hey Trump, Jerusalem is not the capital of Zion".The cars then left the area.

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