Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has ordered the nation’s embassy in Israel to relocate to Jerusalem.
President Morales commented he had ordered the Guatemalan embassy officials to begin”the necessary respective co-ordination” before relocating the embassy from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israeli Parliamentary Speaker Yuli Edelstein wrote on Twitter “I congratulate my friend (Morales) on his bold decision to move his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Your decision proves that you and your country are true friends of Israel.”
Guatemala was one of only nine nations to vote against a UN resolution urging the United States to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
US PresidentDonald Trump threatened to cut aid to nations that voted against the USA.
President Morales was elected president with 72% of the vote in run-off polls held in 2015.
He is a former TV comedian with no experience in government.