In response to increased Latin American support for Israel, Paraguay will relocate its embassy back to Jerusalem, a senator from that country announced on Monday.
Sen. Gustavo Leite made his remarks a week before the inauguration of President-elect Santiago Pea of Paraguay, who has promised to relocate the embassy back to the capital of Israel, and a month before his scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations.
New York hosts the general assembly. Leite told JNS over the phone from Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, that “the president-elect is a man of his word, so you can count on it that it will be done.” “Everything is ready for the move.”
During a call to congratulate Netanyahu in May, the president-elect revealed his intention to move the embassy of the South American nation back to Jerusalem after his inauguration on August 15.
After the United States and Guatemala, Paraguay previously relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, following in the footsteps of then-President Donald Trump.
However, a few months later, a new president of Paraguay moved the embassy back to Tel Aviv, sparking a diplomatic row with Israel. Israel abruptly closed its embassy in Paraguay as a result of the Paraguayan move, citing harm to bilateral relations.
Pea promised to move the embassy back to Jerusalem throughout the current election cycle.
In March, he declared, “The State of Israel recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.” “The president and the parliament both have offices in Jerusalem.
Who are we to criticize their choice of location for their capital, then? “The capital of Israel now houses the embassies of the United States, Guatemala, Honduras, and Kosovo.
More than half of the embassies in Jerusalem will soon be from Latin America as Paraguay prepares to relocate its embassy there once more.