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US Pence urges Paraguay to not relocate embassy

Sept. 7, 2018 12:19 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 7, 2018 2:09 P.M.)
WASHINGTON (Ma'an) -- The United States Vice President, Mike Pence, urged Paraguay's president, Mario Abdo Benitez, to abide by his predecessor's decision to relocate their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem following Paraguay's decision to return back to Tel Aviv.

Pence, who played an important role in US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, spoke to Benitez regarding his recent decision on the embassy move.

Pence said in a statement that he "strongly encourages" Benitez to honor Paraguay's commitment to move the embassy to Jerusalem and not relocate it back to Tel Aviv.

Pence added that Paraguay's commitment is "a sign of the historic relationship that his country maintained with both Israel and the United States."

In May, the Paraguayan former president, Horacio Cartes, agreed to the relocation of the embassy and opened it in Jerusalem, following the US and Guatemala move.

However, on Wednesday, Benitez announced the relocation of the embassy back to Tel Aviv, to which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by deciding to close closure the Israeli embassy in Paraguay.

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