Paraguay opened its new embassy in Jerusalemon Monday, together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailing the nation as a “true friend” of Israel, which makes it the third state to do so after the United States and Guatemala opened their own embassies in town last week.

In a ceremony at the capital’s Malha Technological Park, the prime minister and Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes collectively introduced the new mission’s plaque, which makes the move.

“A fantastic day for Israel; a fantastic afternoon for Paraguay — a fantastic day for our friendship,” Netanyahu said.

“You’ve done much for your nation. Now you are doing something for both our nations,” Netanyahu told Cartes.

Netanyahu remembered that Paraguay helped Jews escape Nazi Germany and affirmed the creation of the State of Israel.

“Paraguay, earlier but notably under your leadership, took an extremely daring stance in international events and refused to collaborate with all the lies directed against Israel,” Netanyahu told Cartes. “We always keep in mind that. Thank you, and invite you Paraguay.”

Netanyahu said collaboration between the two nations would eventually become “larger,” naming regions like agriculture, technology and security.

We have no greater friends than you.

The Paraguayan leader also called it a “historic occasion,” adding, this event “is of particular significance as it conveys the true friendship and courageous solidarity between Paraguay and Israel.”

Said Cartes: “In the depth of my own heart, I love this nation that courageously defends its right to live in peace and it’s now building a praiseworthy economically booming state that guarantees its future and that of its children.”

Until 2012, Paraguay’s embassy was found at the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion, before it was shut after Israel closed its assignment in Asuncion because of exactly what the Foreign Ministry in the time referred to as “budgetary constraints.”

In July 2013, president-elect Cartes declared the country would reopen its embassy in Israel, now in Tel Aviv. Israel’s embassy in Asuncion reopened less than a year

After Monday’s embassy inauguration at Jerusalem, which had been a far more modest affair than last week’s devotion of this new US embassy from the funding’s Arnona area, Cartes was set to attend a reception in the Foreign Ministry alongside Netanyahu.

Earlier on Monday, Cartes fulfilled President Reuven Rivlin.

Last month, Cartes stated he wished to relocate the nation’s embassy to Jerusalem until the end of the presidential term in August.

The decision was contentious in Paraguay. It comes less than two weeks prior to Mario Abdo Benitez replaces Cartes, and also the brand new president-elect has stated that he was not consulted.

Israel claims the whole city as its eternal capital. Palestinians hunt East Jerusalem as their future funding and also have been infuriated by the embassy moves, even although each was at the western region of the city.

Most countries maintain embassies in Tel Aviv and also have balked at moving them before the global legal status of the town was solved in discussions between Israel and the Palestinians.

“By embracing such a reckless measure that’s in direct contravention of global law and consensus, Paraguay has conspired with Israel, the USA and Guatemala to entrench the military job and also to seal the fate of occupied Jerusalem,” her statement read.

She called on all law-abiding nations to “to sever relations with the states that support Israel’s unilateral annexation of occupied Jerusalem.”

Along with the US, Guatemala and Paraguay, quite a few different nations have expressed interest in transferring their embassies to Israel, one of them Honduras, both the Czech Republic and Romania.

Folks watch as US President Donald Trump talks at a prerecorded video revealed at the inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018.
US President Donald Trump bucked longstanding global consensus on December 6 with a public announcement he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, in that time he announced he’d move the embassy into town.

In a video revealed at previous week’s embassy inauguration, ” Trump said his admiration was of this ” reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem,” noting that the town homes Israel’s chief governmental centers, Supreme Court, Prime Minister’s Office and also president’s house.

In addition, he emphasized that the US remains committed to easing an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement and called for Israel to maintain the status quo in religious sites in Jerusalem.