Guatemala FM defends Israel embassy move, says no reversal

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

Jimmy Morales. (File: AFP)

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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.

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