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Arab League chief urges Guatemala to cancel its decision on Jerusalem


CAIRO, March 8, 2018 (WAFA) -  Arab League Secretary-General, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, urged on Thursday Guatemala to cancel its decision to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Spokesman for the Secretary-General, Mahmoud Afifi, said in a statement that Aboul-Gheit sent an urgent letter to Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales expressing dissatisfaction with Morales’ intention to move the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem.

The Secretary-General noted that the Arabs had expected that Guatemala, like the Arab States, would seek to value their friendly bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and cultural fields and uphold international law and justice embodied in the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, Afifi said.

He added that Aboul-Gheit pointed out in his letter that the Arab League remains willing to maintain the existing friendly relations with Guatemala and to avoid any actions that could affect the future of these relations.

The Secretary-General, said Afifi, urged Guatemala to retreat its decision to move its embassy to the holy city of Jerusalem.

Morales told a pro-Israel meeting in New York last week that he has decided to move his country‘s embassy to Jerusalem in May, two days after a similar US move.


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