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May 17, 2018

P.M. Does Not Support Embassy Moves but Cabinet Will Decide

Dean Barrow

On Monday, the United States inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, as the first country to relocate its headquarters from Tel Aviv, in the State of Israel.  On Wednesday, Guatemala followed suit by also moving its embassy to the capital city, amid considerations being made by other countries, including Paraguay, Honduras, Czech Republic and Romania.  The U.S. faces strong criticism, as well as a vote by the United Nations in December to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  On the same day that the U.S. celebrated the opening of its embassy, Israeli armed forces killed sixty Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border.  During the prime minister’s press conference on Wednesday, he was asked to share government’s position on the matter.  While he stopped short of doing so, PM Barrow offered his own stance on the controversial decision.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The foreign minister has not brought that issue to Cabinet and so I can only speak for myself.  I certainly would be prepared to condemn it.”

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