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Newsline: Guatemalan court halts removal of Swedish ambassador

Guatemala’s highest court has halted the government’s request that Sweden remove its ambassador. The Constitutional Court ruled that the administration of President Jimmy Morales must follow established international rules in resolving the issue. In early May, the government asked Sweden and Venezuela to remove their ambassadors and accused them of interfering in Guatemala’s internal affairs. Swedish ambassador Anders Kompass was given 30 days to leave after he announced Sweden’s financial support for a United Nations-sponsored commission investigating corruption in Guatemala. The commission, which goes by the initials CICIG, had accused President Jimmy Morales of corruption related to alleged illegal campaign financing while he was secretary general of his party. Morales subsequently tried unsuccessfully to expel the commission’s head, Ivan Velasquez, from the country.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/guatemalan-court-halts-removal-swedish-ambassador-55521969

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Newsline: Jewish American billionaire funded Guatemalan delegation flight for Jerusalem embassy opening

Jewish American billionaire Sheldon Adelson funded the Boeing 767 flight of the Guatemalan delegation sent to Israel to attend the ceremony in honor of their embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Guatemalan foreign minister Sandra Jovel broke the news on the radio show ConCriterio about the speculated trip cost that covered government officials, guests, and religious leaders. Jovel said Adelson did not have business affairs in Guatemala. Nonetheless, director of civil society organization Citizen Action, Manfredo Marroquin, said President Jimmy Morales’s administration violated Guatemalan law by accepting the gift from a private entity, Haaretz reported. The Republican mega-donor had also offered to subsidize the cost of building the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/175684-180526-adelson-funded-guatemalan-delegation-flight-for-jerusalem-embassy-opening

Newsline: Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the United States inaugurated its new site in the contested city in a move that infuriated Palestinians and drew international condemnation. Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the administration of President Donald Trump raised tension to boiling point after weeks of anti-Israeli demonstrations. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the embassy’s opening on Wednesday in an office complex in west Jerusalem. “It’s not a coincidence that Guatemala is opening its embassy in Jerusalem right among the first. You were always among the first. You were the second country to recognize Israel,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-guatemala/guatemala-opens-embassy-in-jerusalem-two-days-after-us-move-idUSKCN1IH0Q7

Newsline: Guatemala asks Sweden, Venezuela to remove ambassadors over ‘interference’

Guatemala asked the governments of Sweden and Venezuela to withdraw their ambassadors, accusing the diplomats of interfering in domestic politics and calling the country corrupt. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has been assailed by graft accusations against his family, and he has been at loggerheads with a United Nations-backed anti-corruption body of which Sweden is a prominent backer. “Because Ambassadors Anders Kompass and Elena Alicia Salcedo Poleo have, in the course of their work, assumed attitudes that result in interference in the internal affairs of Guatemala, the governments of Sweden and Venezuela have been asked to withdraw them,” the foreign ministry said in a statement. Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel told a news conference the requests to remove the ambassadors had nothing to do with the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), however.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-guatemala-diplomacy/guatemala-asks-sweden-venezuela-to-remove-ambassadors-over-interference-idUSKBN1IC06Y

Newsline: Guatemala embassy in Israel opens in Jerusalem

Guatemala opened its new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem ahead of its official inauguration later this month. The embassy was moved to the Israeli Malha Technology Park and the Guatemalan flag was raised there. The official opening ceremony will take place two days after the US embassy is inaugurated in the city on 14 May. “I was moved to see the flag of Guatemala waving in Jerusalem in advance of the opening of the Guatemalan embassy later this month,” Haaretz reported Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu saying. After announcing his country’s move to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem in March, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference: “I would like to thank [US] President Trump for leading the way. His courageous decision has encouraged us to do what is right.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180503-guatemala-embassy-in-israel-opens-in-jerusalem/

Newsline: Guatemala to move its embassy to Jerusalem on May 16

Guatemala will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the US is scheduled to move its mission to the capital, the Jerusalem municipality said Wednesday. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with Guatemalan Ambassador Sara Angelina Solis Castaneda and the director-general of the Guatemalan Foreign Ministry, Maria Luisa Ramirez, to discuss details of the move. “I congratulate Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales and the Guatemalan government on the brave decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem and call on other countries to follow the United States and Guatemala to move their embassies to Jerusalem,” Barkat said, according to a statement from the municipality.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/guatemala-to-move-its-embassy-to-jerusalem-on-may-16/

Newsline: Guatemala announces embassy move to Jerusalem in May

Guatemala’s President Jimmy Morales has announced that he will move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the United States is scheduled to do the same in a controversial move that has drawn worldwide condemnation. Speaking on Monday at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, DC, Morales said that the embassy move “strongly evidences Guatemala’s continued support and solidarity with the people of Israel”. “In May of this year, we will celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary, and under my instructions, two days after the United States moves its embassy, Guatemala will return and permanently move its embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/guatemala-president-announces-embassy-move-jerusalem-aipac-180305064101137.html