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Newsline: Israel appoints ambassador to Paraguay after embassy dispute

Yoed Magen has been accredited as the new Israeli ambassador to Paraguay amid tensions between the two nations, the Paraguayan state news agency said. The announcement comes after Paraguay announced last September that it was moving its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem and back to Tel Aviv, just months after a previous Paraguayan administration had opened the new mission. Israel responded by shutting its embassy in Paraguay and warning that ties between the countries would be “strained” by the decision. Its new ambassador to Paraguay will work from neighboring Argentina. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/israel-appoints-ambassador-to-paraguay-after-embassy-dispute/2019/08/21/0f4ad590-c459-11e9-8bf7-cde2d9e09055_story.html?noredirect=on) Israel had hoped to build on the momentum started by the U.S., Guatemala and Paraguay, which all moved their embassies to Jerusalem in May 2018.

Newsline: Turkey to open embassy in Paraguay

Turkey has completed the necessary legal procedures to open its embassy in Asuncion in Paraguay, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sept. 23. Ankara has designated Armağan İnci Ersoy as its first ambassador. “Paraguay is also expected to finalize necessary procedures soon,” the statement added. “We are taking steps to increase our contacts and cooperation with Paraguay in the framework of our outreach policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean region,” the ministry said. Turkey’s ambassador to Paraguay has been operating out of Buenos Aires. Turkey has a consulate in Asuncion and another in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Ankara announced its decision to open an embassy in Asuncion on Sept. 7, a day after President Mario Abdo reversed the previous administration’s decision to move its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.


Newsline: Turkey to Open Embassy in Paraguay Amid Crisis With Israel

Turkey will open an embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, the South American country said, a day after President Mario Abdo reversed the previous administration’s decision to move its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Turkey’s ambassador to Paraguay has been operating out of Buenos Aires. Turkey has a consulate in Asuncion and another in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. By opening the embassy, Turkey is expressing support for Paraguay’s stance on Israel, Paraguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Castiglioni told reporters. Paraguay and Guatemala relocated their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the city as the country’s capital in December. Hours after Paraguay’s new government announced on Wednesday it would move its embassy back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, Israel responded by ordering the closure of its embassy in Paraguay. Most countries do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem, arguing that peace talks should determine the city’s final status. Paraguay cited this as one reason to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv.


Newsline: Paraguay backtracks months after moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem

Four months after moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Paraguay announced on Wednesday that it would reverse its decision and move its diplomatic mission back to Tel Aviv. The move comes weeks after Mario Abdo assumed office as the new president of Paraguay, replacing Horacio Cartes who had attended the inauguration ceremony for the Jerusalem embassy in May. Although Abdo and Cartes both belong to the ruling Colorado party, the conservative political movement is deeply divided. The Israeli government promptly responded by recalling its ambassador to Paraguay and shutting down its embassy in the South American country. “Israel views with great severity the exceptional decision of Paraguay that will cloud relations between the two countries,” a statement by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs read. Paraguay had been the third country after the United States and Guatemala to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a controversial move seen by critics as recognition of the holy city as the exclusive capital of Israel.


Newsline: Paraguay president inaugurates Israel embassy in Jerusalem

Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday. The US relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian and international anger, and was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.


Newsline: Paraguay to open Jerusalem embassy next week

Paraguay’s government says President Horacio Cartes will open the country’s new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala. Government spokesman Mariano Mercado says Cartes will leave for the trip on Saturday. The decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem has been controversial in Paraguay. It comes less than two months before Mario Abdo Benitez replaces Cartes, and the president-elect has said he wasn’t consulted. Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv and have balked at moving them until the international legal status of the city has been resolved.


Newsline: Honduras, Paraguay expected to join embassy move to Jerusalem

After Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday night his country will be transferring its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel is surmising that another one or two other countries will be joining US President Donald Trump in making the move. According to initial assessments, Guatemala’s eastern neighbor Hondorus will be one of the countries, while Paraguay is also expected to join the trickle of embassies flowing into Jerusalem. The two Central American countries, Honduras and Guatemala, were among the seven countries that voted with the US and Israel against a United Nations General Assembly resolution last Thursday which declared Trump’s declaration “null and void.” Paraguay abstained from the vote, despite having demonstrated in the past its particularly pro-Israel disposition.