Pres­i­dent re­verses de­ci­sion on Jerusalem em­bassy

The Guardian Weekly - - World Round Up -

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.

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