Paraguay to move embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem – Israel to close embassy in Paraguay
Paraguay will move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv, reversing a May decision by former President Horacio Cartes to move the diplomatic site to Jerusalem, the South American country’s foreign minister told reporters on Wednesday.
“Paraguay wants to contribute to an intensification of regional diplomatic efforts to achieve a broad, fair and lasting peace in the Middle East,” Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni said.
In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman said Israel will close its embassy in Paraguay and recall its ambassador for consultations following the announcement.
“Israel views with great severity the unusual decision of Paraguay which will cloud relations between the countries,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Former President Horacio Cartes made the decision to move the diplomatic site to Jerusalem. His successor Mario Abdo, also a member of the conservative Colorado party, took office last month.
Paraguay officially moved its country’s embassy to Jerusalem on May 21, with Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Paraguay was the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The inauguration ceremony took place at the embassy’s new home in the Malkha technology park, which also houses the Guatemalan embassy.