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Arab League supports Paraguay decision to cancel embassy move

September 6, 2018 at 4:02 pm

President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez [Wikipedia]

The Arab League today welcomed Paraguay’s decision to cancel its decision. To relocate it’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Saeed Abu Ali, the Assistant Arab League Secretary-General for Palestinian Affairs, said that “the decision from the Government of Paraguay comes in the right direction to support Palestinian rights and is in harmony with the international will.”

It is also in accordance with the “UN Security Council’s relevant resolutions,” he added.

Paraguay originally supported US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel in May and its subsequent plans to move the US embassy there. It then planned to make the same move along with other nations within the US sphere of influence such as Guatemala.

Just months after moving its embassy to Jerusalem Paraguay returns to Tel Aviv, Israel withdraws representation

With the election and swearing in of Paraguay’s new President Mario Abdo Benitez in August, however, the country reversed its decision yesterday. The cancellation of the embassy move is proving that the decision taken by the US is ever more divisive and that its international support seems to be waning.

Israel has retaliated by shutting down its own embassy in Paraguay, while Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki has stated that they will “immediately” open up an embassy in Paraguay.

Saeed Abu Ali added that Paraguay is a role model for other countries that complied with the US declaration and embassy move, urging others to confront Israel and the US pressure behind the decision.