Inauguration of Paraguayan embassy in Jerusalem
Inauguration of Paraguayan embassy in JerusalemAmos Ben Gershom/GPO

The White House on Tuesday night welcomed the relocation of the Paraguayan Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“We thank our Western Hemisphere partner for joining us in recognizing Israel’s capital and encouraging additional moves,” it said in a statement.

“By being the first head of state to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to open an embassy there on May 14, 2018, President Trump reprised the role President Truman played 70 years ago when he was the first to recognize the State of Israel.”

“We look forward to welcoming many more of our friends and allies in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel,” concluded the White House statement.

Paraguay unveiled its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday in a ceremony attended by its President Horacio Cartes.

With the move, Paraguay followed in the footsteps of the U.S. and Guatemala, which unveiled its new Jerusalem embassy on May 16, two days after the U.S. relocated its embassy to Jerusalem.

The White House last Thursday praised Guatemala for relocating its embassy to Jerusalem in a statement similar to the one released after the Paraguayan move.

The Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, castigated Paraguay for the embassy move, calling it an “illegal, illegitimate… act of aggression”.

“Paraguay’s moving of its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is illegal, illegitimate, an act of aggression against the Palestinian people and their rights, a violation of relevant United Nations resolutions and international law and submission to American and Israeli dictates and bribes,” it said.