Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after U.S.

Herb Keinon – May 16, 2018

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, who arrived on Tuesday to take part in the ceremony, underlined in his comments not only the strength of ties between his country and Israel, but also a trilateral relationship with the US. One of the various reasons that have been given for Guatemala’s decision to open the embassy has to do with its desire to strengthen its ties with the US and take a step that will be looked upon favorably by President Donald Trump.

Morales noted that Guatemala, Israel and the US are “three friends that share friendship, courage and loyalty.”

Morales said that the decision to move the embassy will bring “great benefits” for Guatemalans, and that the new embassy will “further strengthen the link between our countries.”

“Guatemala wishes to strengthen strategic and cooperative alliances,” he said.

“Therefore, see our country as a gateway to the world. And you will wonder why I say a gateway to the world? Simply because Guatemala has had the courage to make courageous decisions, and many nations are seeing our actions and are deciding on their own based on our actions and decisions.”