file – in this photo archive of May 21, 2018, israeli Prime Minister Benjamín Netanyahu, right, talks with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes during a r eunion at the office of the Prime Minister in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool, file)
«(AP) ASUNCIÓN – Paraguay on Wednesday announced the immediate return of its Embassy to Tel Aviv after moving to Jerusalem that was made in may by order of the then President Horacio Cartes.» That move was unilateral, visceral and unjustifiably», said Foreign Minister Luis Castiglioni, who added that when Cartes enabled the diplomatic offices in Jerusalem»some Arab Governments expressed us concern». Although the Chancellor pointed out in his speech trying not to damage diplomatic relations with the country in the Middle East, shortly after the announcement the Government of Israel said that it would close its Embassy in Paraguay and warned that both Nations could distance themselves by what happened . The announcement of the move of Paraguay could be interpreted as an embarrassing situation from the diplomatic point of view for Israel. United States and Guatemala also moved their embassies to Tel Aviv recently in what could be taken as a gesture of legitimation of the State of Israel.v class = «ck-related-news» > on 21 may, the own Cartes enabled the diplomatic headquarters in the interior of the Technology park called without specifying the reasons for that decision. By then, the winner of the presidential election in April and current President, Mario Abdo Benítez, anticipated that it would review the reasons for the change of venue. Hours after the announcement Cartes reacted very annoying.
«Today the values of the judeo-Christian civilization is betrayed, today is betrayed by a friend. Today is betrayed the will and feelings of the Paraguayan people. Today is betrayed the friendship between Paraguay and Israel. Each village that turned its back on Israel paid dearly,»he said on Twitter.
The Palestinians expressed their annoyance after moving in may, but on Wednesday celebrated the kick. In a statement, the office of foreign relations of the Palestinian National Authority said that this measure had anticipated two weeks ago, when the Paraguayan Foreign Minister and his Palestinian counterpart, Riyad al – Maliki, met during a visit of this last one to the South American country. The statement said that al – Maliki «expressed appreciation and gratitude to the Paraguayan President and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs by moving the Embassy’s return and its commitment to international law». Before accepting questions on Wednesday, Castiglioni read a statement stressing that «one of the more complex components of the conflict (between Israel and the Palestinians) is the status of Jerusalem, and in this context Paraguay considers that it should be dealt with by» the parties involved through negotiations, in the framework of the provisions of the relevant international agencies», said. Castiglioni recalled that in 1947 the General Assembly of the United Nations dealt with the issue.» Paraguay issued its vote in favour of the partition Plan of Palestine, approved by resolution number 181 of this organ, which provided for the creation of two States: one Jewish and one Arab, as well as a special international regime of corpus separatum for the city Jerusalem Holy».» Paraguay had acceded to the vision of a region where two democratic States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and within secure and recognized borders in accordance with the criteria expressed in numerous resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations», stated in another paragraph. The release ended up expressing that Paraguay «Reaffirms its commitment to maintaining excellent ties of friendship and cooperation with the States of Israel and Palestine, based on shared principles and values». In this note: