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Arab League cancels deals with Guatemala over Jerusalem embassy move

May 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

President of Guatemala and Mayor of Jerusalem at the opening of the Embassy of Guatemala in Jerusalem [Mayor Nir Barkat/Twitter]

The Arab League has severed ties with Guatemala following the latter’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem.

Arab League spokesman, Mahmoud Afif, said in a statement yesterday that the decision is in accordance with the results of the recent Arab League meeting which condemned Guatemala for moving its embassy to Jerusalem and vowed to take appropriate political and economic measures against it.

Afif explained that Guatemala had been informed of the Arab League’s decision, adding that moving the embassy “is a flagrant violation of international law and UN resolutions and it threatens international peace”.

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In his statement, Afif stressed that the Arab League calls on all countries not to transfer their embassies to the occupied city of Jerusalem and to abide by international resolutions regarding the Palestinian issue.

Guatemala opened its new embassy in Jerusalem last week, two days after the United States moved its embassy there.