Guatemala will be the second country to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
“In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instructions two days after the United States moves its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy to Jerusalem.”
— Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales
Guatemala will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem in May, two days after the United States is slated to make the same move, the country’s president said Sunday.
“It is important to be among the first, but it is more important to do what it right,” he said.
Morales first announced the move in late December, following in the footsteps of the Trump administration. Guatemala was one of nine countries to vote against a December United Nations resolution rejecting the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“I would like to thank President Trump for leading the way,” Morales said Sunday to applause. “His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right.”
The United States is expected to move its embassy on May 14, which will coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel proclaiming independence. When Trump announced the move, administration officials said that it could take several years, citing logistical and security concerns.