Paraguay opens its Israel embassy in Jerusalem – PM Netanyahu: We remember our friends
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes officially opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala.
Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony. The United States relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago. It was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.
“It is an honor for me to be here today,” Paraguayan President Cartes said at the ceremony. “The opening of the embassy holds special meaning, because it expresses the sincere friendship and the brave solidarity between Paraguay and Israel.”
“I don’t like binding or ambiguous positions. Our friendship is based on shared values, such as democracy, tolerance and dignity, lack of discrimination and peaceful coexistence,” Cartes added.
“This is a historic day that strengthens ties between Paraguay and Israel,” he continued.
“A great day for Israel. A great day for Paraguay. A great day for our friendship,” Netanyahu responded. “You have not only the support of our government but the profound gratitude of the people Israel.”
“Paraguay helped the Jews escape Nazi Germany,” the prime minister said of the historic bond between Paraguay and the Jewish people. “We will never forget it. You did it before, during and after the Holocaust. It was an expression of compassion and generosity that will always be etched in our hearts. Paraguay also supported the establishment of the State of Israel and recognized Israel at the UN. We won’t forget that, either.”
“You’re an amazing friend to Israel,” Netanyahu told Cartes. “Under your leadership, Paraguay made courageous moves in the international arena and refused to take part in the lies against Israel. It’s time we do a lot more together and increase the cooperation between us. We’ve been discussing water, agriculture, security, and we are doing and want to do more. And we will.”