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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 17, 2018

*Statement from the Press Secretary **on the Move of the Guatemalan Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel*

The United States welcomes the move of the Guatemalan Embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.We thank our Western Hemisphere partner for joining us in recognizing Israels capital and encourage additional moves. By being the first head of state to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to open an embassy there on May 14, 2018, President Trump reprised the role President Truman played 70 years ago when he was the first to recognize the State of Israel.We look forward to welcoming many more of our friends and allies in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.

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