President reverses decision on Jerusalem embassy
Paraguay reversed a decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after just three months, prompting anger from Israel, which responded by shuttering its embassy in Asunción and recalling its ambassador.
The South American country announced in May that it would follow Donald Trump’s lead by relocating the mission to the holy city, all of which Israel claims as its capital even as Palestinians and most world powers argue its status remains under dispute.
Former president Horacio Cartes personally inaugurated the new diplomatic site. The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said at the time that Paraguay, the third country after the United States and Guatemala to make the move, had taken a “bold stance in international affairs”.
However, Paraguay’s new president, Mario Abdo Benítez, who took office last month, reviewed the choice and his foreign minister told reporters that the decision had been changed.