AVA- In a surprise announcement on Wednesday, Paraguay’s Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni said his country had reversed a decision to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
Paraguay was one of the two states – the other one being Guatemala—that followed in the footsteps of the US in its much-criticized policy shift on the situation of the Palestinian city under Zionist occupation.
The decision was originally taken some three months ago under the former Paraguayan administration without consultations with then-president-elect Mario Abdo.
Abdo said the decision was not backed by any legitimate arguments.
The Palestinians said the latest “diplomatic achievement” was the fruit of lobbying efforts by their officials. The Paraguayan U-turn came about two weeks after Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki held talks with Abdo.
“Minister Maliki exerted a big effort during his meeting with the new president who instructed his foreign minister to arrange the issue,” the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas celebrated as “courageous” the reversal, which will be a setback to the momentum Israel had hoped to build after the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds in May as part of President Donald Trump’s so-called Middle East peace efforts.
“This courageous move by the Paraguay government is an example for all countries in facing Israeli greed and attempts by the American administration to impose it on the world when it moved its embassy to Jerusalem [al-Quds] in the so-called deal of the century,” he said.
Abbas said Paraguay’s move “was the result of the wise and vigorous Palestinian diplomatic efforts to explain the dangers of the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem [al-Quds].”
Thursday 6 September 2018 17:09