Today (May 21), Paraguay became the third country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala last week.

Paraguayan President Horacio Manuel Cartes Jara was in Israel for the event held at Jerusalem’s Technology Park in Malcha, the same location as the Guatemalan embassy.

“This occasion is of special significance because it expresses the sincere friendship and brave solidarity between Paraguay and Israel,” said Cartes.
“From the depth of my heart, I appreciate this country that courageously defends its right to live in peace and it is building a praiseworthy economically prosperous state that ensures its future and that of its children.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin each met with Cartes. The Foreign Ministry is hosting a reception for the Paraguayan delegation this evening.

Netanyahu promised greater cooperation between the two countries in areas such as agriculture, security and technology.

Paraguay’s embassy originally was located in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion. It closed for budgetary reasons in 2012 and reopened in Tel Aviv in July 2013.

Honduras reportedly will be the next country to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.