Guatemala FM defends Israel embassy move, says no reversal

2017-12-27 12:02
Jimmy Morales. (File: AFP)

Jimmy Morales. (File: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Guatemala City - Guatemala's top diplomat is defending President Jimmy Morales' decision to move the Central American nation's embassy in Israel to Jerusalem amid international and domestic criticism.

Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel says it amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign".

Jovel said on Tuesday that there is no intention to reverse the decision. In her words: "What we are doing is being coherent with our foreign policy and the ally we have been for Israel."

READ: Israel 'in touch with 10 countries' over embassy moves

Morales announced the change on Christmas Eve, becoming the first country to follow US President Donald Trump's lead on switching from Tel Aviv.

The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to condemn the US decision.

Israel welcomed Guatemala's announcement, while Palestinian authorities were critical. No timeline has been given for a move.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    guatemala  |  israel

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.