Paraguay confirms relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, following US
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Paraguay confirms relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, following US

No date give for moving diplomatic mission; earlier reports suggested sometime before the end of May

Paraguay President Horacio Cartes attends the lunch of the Mercosur and Associated States Summit of Heads of State, at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, December 21, 2017. (Eraldo Peres/AP)
Paraguay President Horacio Cartes attends the lunch of the Mercosur and Associated States Summit of Heads of State, at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, December 21, 2017. (Eraldo Peres/AP)

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Paraguay’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that the country will shift its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following the US and Guatemala.

It said President Horacio Cartes ordered the move, but didn’t specify a date in the Wednesday announcement.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said earlier this week that Cartes will attend the opening ceremony, which he said would occur by the end of May. Paraguay didn’t confirm Cartes’ trip.

The US officially opens its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 followed two days later by Guatemala.

US President Donald Trump overturned decades of US policy last year by announcing the Jerusalem move.

Jerusalem municipality workers hang a road sign directing to the US Embassy near the US Consulate in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Israel claims the entire city as its eternal capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their future capital and were infuriated by the declaration.

Foreign embassies are currently located in Tel Aviv and its environs, as the international community has balked at recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, until the status of the city is set via a peace deal with the Palestinians.

On December 6, Trump announced that the US would move its embassy to Jerusalem. Israel has expressed hopes that other countries will follow suit, though the move was widely condemned in the international community.

Last month, Cartes said that he wanted to relocate the country’s embassy to Jerusalem before the end of his presidential term in August.

Also last month, the parliament of Honduras passed a nonbinding resolution calling for the country’s embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Other countries have also stated they may want relocate their embassies.

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