Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, 2 days after US move

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks during the dedication ceremony of the Guatemala Embassy in Jerusalem Israel Wednesday

Global powers including the UK, France and Russian Federation had previously slammed the USA decision to move their embassy, while 128 nations backed a UN resolution rejecting the White House recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were on site for the grand opening early Wednesday.

Israeli ambassador to Turkey Eitan Na'eh left waits at Ataturk International Airport before his flight to Israel in Istanbul Wednesday

Guatemala was set to open its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, two days after the USA moved its mission to the capital.

USA relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday amidst Israeli forces firing on Palestinian protesters killing around 60 and wounding several hundred others.

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Mohammad Al Momani, Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and government spokesperson said, "Guatemala's decision is irresponsible and will fuel the violence in the region and encourage Israel to continue violating worldwide law".

Following US foot prints Guatemala has now opened its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly, such rhetoric has been matched this week by Netanyahu, who felt "moved" at the sight of Guatemala's flag flying in Israel's "eternal capital" after an absence of 38 years.

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But last December, US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and setting in motion plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.

The White House pushed forward with its inauguration Monday, while Israeli forces using live fire on crowds of Palestinian demonstrators protesting against the deeply controversial opening.

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Palestinians have been demonstrating on the Gaza frontier for the past six weeks, demanding a return to family land or homes lost to Israel when it was founded in the 1948 Middle East war.

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