Incoming Guatemalan President to Keep Embassy in Yerushalayim

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) -
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Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei at Yad Vashem last month. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Incoming Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei will keep his country’s embassy in Israel in the city of Yerushalayim, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, confirming the move made by his predecessor following pressure by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Giammattei, a conservative former surgeon and ex-prison chief who will be sworn in later in the day to a four-year term, also plans to designate Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah, a heavily armed outfit which fought two wars with Israel and regularly threatens another, has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.