Paraguay to Move Embassy to Jerusalem - if President's Term Doesn't Expire First

The president announced the move at an event celebrating Israeli Independence Day, day after Israeli officials said that Guatemala will move their embassy to Jerusalem

Horacio Cartes and Benjamin Netanyahu.
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President of Paraguay Horacio Cartes announced that Paraguay will be moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem before the end of his presidential term in about three months.

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The announcement came at an event celebrating Israeli Independence day at the Israeli embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Israeli officials are now looking into the announcement to see whether Cartes can fulfill his promise by the end of his presidential term.

On Thursday, Israeli officials said that Guatemala will move their embassy to Jerusalem on May 16, two days after the U.S. moves theirs. The embassy will be moved to the Jerusalem Technology Park, a high-tech industrial park in the Malkha neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem, the officials said.

Jimmy Morales, president of Guatemala, first announced the move in a speech at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this March, saying they would move their embassy two days after the U.S. moved theirs.

Meanwhile, Romania's President Klaus Iohannis has called the country's prime minister to resign, saying she is unfit for the job, citing her alleged plans to relocate their embassy as well.

President Klaus Iohannis said Friday that Viorica Dancila "is not up for the job of Romanian prime minister," three months after she became Romania's first female premier this January.

He said that she "prefers to execute party orders" and represented "a vulnerability" for Romania, accusing her of failing to inform him over a unilateral government proposal to relocate Romania's embassy to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Dancila in the PMO's office in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to the government of Romania for its support of a draft resolution that would advance steps to move Romania's Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and in particular his appreciation for supoprt of the move expressed by the speaker of Romania's parliament. 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dancila in the PMO's office in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Following the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his appreciation to the government of Romania for its support of a draft resolution that would advance steps to move Romania's Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, and in particular his appreciation for supoprt of the move expressed by the speaker of Romania's parliament.