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On US visit, Guatemala’s president praised for Jerusalem support

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, on a visit to the United States, receives thanks from several quarters for his support of the US decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump thanked Morales during a meeting at a hotel in Washington before the annual National Prayer Breakfast, the Associated Press reports. Guatemala was one of nine countries that voted with the United States against a United Nations General Assembly resolution in December rejecting any recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Morales announced in December in a post on Facebook that he would move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem. The post said that he has instructed his country’s chancellor “to initiate the respective coordination so that it may be,” and said that he made the decision following a conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) shaking hands during a joint press conference after signing bilateral agreements at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, November 28, 2016. (AFP Photo/Pool/Abir Sultan/File)

On Friday night, Morales attended a Shabbat meal in Manhattan hosted by Chabad’s Jewish Latin Center. An invitation was extended after Morales said he was interested in experiencing a traditional Shabbat dinner, according to Chabad.org. Morales was honored during the meal, attended by about 200 people, for his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Prior to the dinner, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Dani Dayan, tweeted: “As the son of a former Ambassador of Israel to Guatemala and as Israel’s Consul General in New York, I will be honored to participate and thank President Jimmy Morales.”

— JTA

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