'Jerusalem embassy move a sovereign decision'

Just three weeks after President Trump officially announced the United States will move its embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, recognizing the city as the capitol of Israel, a number of other countries are following America's lead.

The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday summoned the representative of Romania, following announcement that the country is seriously considering moving its embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in addition to voting against United Nations General Assembly decision of the status of Jerusalem.

Israel's transportation minister is moving forward with a plan to expand Jerusalem's soon-to-open high speed rail line to the Western Wall, where he intends to name a future station after Donald Trump.

In May, Trump became the first sitting USA president to visit the Western Wall when he visited the site during a tour of several Middle East countries.

The Western Wall, visited by 11 million people a year, is part of the remaining rampart built around the Second Temple, destroyed in A.D.

Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel said the change amounts to "a foreign policy decision, therefore sovereign", and that Guatemala has no intention of changing their mind.


Katz's office said the minister advanced the plan in a recent meeting with Israel Railways executives, and has fast-tracked it in the planning committees.

However, the foreign minister said she did not know how long it would take before Guatemala's embassy was in Jerusalem.

The remark comes a day after Guatemala, a Central American country, joined the USA in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving its embassy to the city which is considered a place of pilgrimage for Jews, Christians and Muslims since the biblical era.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

In a post on his official Facebook account Sunday, Morales said that after talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he made a decision to instruct Guatemala's foreign ministry to move the embassy.


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