Israel will close its embassy in Paraguay and recall its ambassador for consultations following the announcement by the Paraguayan government that their embassy will be moved back from Yerushalayim to Tel Aviv.
Paraguay was the third country to move its embassy to Yerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The decision was reversed after President Horacio Cartes’s successor, Mario Abdo Benitez, also a member of the conservative Colorado party, took office last month.
Local media in Paraguay reported that the decision to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem has drawn criticism in the country, and the decision will be reevaluated under the administration of the incoming president, Mario Abdo Benitez.
Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid political party, said in response: “I condemn the Paraguayan decision to move the embassy from Jerusalem. We do not have nor will we ever have another capital city but the united city of Jerusalem.”