Guatemala was set to open its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning, two days after the U.S. moved its mission to the capital.
But last December, US President Donald Trump bucked decades of US foreign policy by formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and setting in motion plans to move the US embassy there from Tel Aviv.
The Palestinians are rallying to take control of East Jerusalem and had been protesting the relocation of the American embassy for several weeks. Jerusalem is Israel's capital and this is where our embassy should be located.More news: UK to produce 'significant' white paper on Brexit plans
Morales said his country, Israel and the United States "share friendship, courage and loyalty". Before 1980, Guatemala and a dozen countries maintained an embassy in Jerusalem.
Trump's move reversed decades of USA policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies.
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"Jerusalem is Israel's capital, and this is where our embassy should be located", Mr. Zeldin said in a press release. Since Guatemala has one of the highest percentages of evangelic Christians in the world, many of her countrymen will agree with her pro-Israeli sentiments.
Israeli and Guatemalan officials - including the Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales - attended an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the contested city at the heart of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. United Nations Security Council Resolution 478 soon denounced this law, which threatened the prospect of peace, and urged member states to withdraw their diplomatic missions from Jerusalem in protest.
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Guatemala is one of only seven countries that sided with the U.S. on the moving of its embassy to Jerusalem, a move that received global backlash.