Guatemala officially opened its new embassy in the heart of Jerusalem Wednesday, becoming the second nation to relocate its diplomatic mission to the holy city following the United States’ historic decision despite widespread global opposition.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales was on hand to mark the opening ceremony, flanked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who hailed the move “as one of the first” alongside the United States.
“You were always among the first,” Netanyahu told the audience. “We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now.”
President Trump made history late last year when he officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; sparking outrage from the United Nations and other countries throughout the Middle East.
The UN recognizes Jerusalem as a “disputed international zone” and a possible capital for a future Palestinian state.