Guatemala will keep embassy in Jerusalem and declare Hizbullah a terrorist


SAN SALVADOR (Sputnik) – Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammattei has pledged to the Government of Israel that he will maintain his embassy in Jerusalem and that he will consider the Lebanese Shia militia Hizbullah a terrorist a few hours before taking office, Israeli media reported.

“Giamattei told Minister Ofir Akunis, envoy of Israel to the inauguration ceremony, that Guatemala would maintain its embassy in Jerusalem and declare Hizbullah as a terrorist organization,” the Hebrew portal Arutz Sheva published.

Akunis, Israeli Minister of Science, Technology and Space, met with Giammattei shortly before the inauguration of the 63-year-old conservative politician, who won the presidency in the second round after four attempts.
The Tel Aviv envoy thanked the incoming president on behalf of the people of Israel for his message regarding Jerusalem and Hezbollah, and conveyed the wishes of successes to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Israel Katz.

“Jerusalem has been the heart of the Jewish people for 3,000 years and Hezbollah is a terrorist organization whose goal, with Iran, is the elimination of Israel: thank you for your courageous decision to declare it a terrorist organization,” Akunis replied to Giammattei, according to Arutz Sheva. .
Giammattei had already expressed his intention regarding Hezbollah during his visit to Tel Aviv last December, in which he stated that “the friends of Israel are friends of Guatemala. And the enemies of Israel are our enemies.”
The next head of state advanced in his Twitter social network account that addressed with Akunis issues of bilateral cooperation for the technification of Guatemala, and said that the friendship between both nations “will continue to strengthen.”

Guatemala decided to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on December 24, 2017, and on May 16, 2018 the diplomatic headquarters in the city that both Israel and Palestine claim as their legitimate and historical capital was inaugurated.

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