Gov­ern­ment pre­pares for em­bassy shift to Jerusalem

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

ASUNCION | Paraguayan Pres­i­dent Ho­ra­cio Cartes will open the coun­try’s new em­bassy to Is­rael in Jerusalem on Tues­day, fol­low­ing sim­i­lar steps by the United States and Gu­atemala, the gov­ern­ment re­vealed Thurs­day. Gov­ern­ment spokesman Mar­i­ano Mer­cado said Mr. Cartes will leave for the trip on Satur­day.

The de­ci­sion to move the em­bassy to Jerusalem has been con­tro­ver­sial in Paraguay. It comes less than two months be­fore Mario Abdo Ben­itez re­places Mr. Cartes, and the pres­i­den­t­elect has said he wasn’t con­sulted.

Is­rael claims the en­tire city as its eter­nal cap­i­tal. Pales­tini­ans want east Jerusalem as their fu­ture cap­i­tal and were in­fu­ri­ated by the em­bassy moves.

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