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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Horacio Cartes of Paraguay, meeting in Buenos Aires, Sept. 12, 2017

The Central American nation of Paraguay has officially announced that its embassy will follow the example set by the United States and Guatemala, and move to Jerusalem in May.


President Horacio Cartes is slated to travel to the Jewish State for the opening ceremony, most likely to take place on May 21 or May 22, according to a Paraguay government spokesperson quoted by Reuters.

Paraguay’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement a week before the U.S. Embassy is set to make history by being the first to make the move on May 14 to Israel’s capital.

The Embassy of Guatemala already began its physical move several days ago, although its official opening will follow that of the United States on May 16.

Paraguay’s outgoing President Horacio Cartes said last month that he wishes to complete the move of the embassy before leaving office in mid-August. Honduras has also said that it is contemplating a similar move.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.