Diplomacy

Netanyahu Meets Latin American Officials, Says He Will Attend Regional Meeting in Guatemala

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with a delegation of chairpersons of foreign affairs committees of Latin American nations on Wednesday and revealed that he will be traveling to Guatemala this November, The Algemeiner reported.

The prime minister will be meeting there with Latin American leaders.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Netanyahu praised the relationship that Israel and Latin American countries have fostered over the years and said “Our relations with the countries of Latin America are obviously changing very rapidly for the better.” He continued, “I’m very proud of the fact that I was the first Israeli prime minister to visit any country south of Texas.”

Guatemala along with Paraguay inaugurated their embassies in Jerusalem last month, following the United States decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Netanyahu applauded Guatemala’s and Paraguay’s initiative and said he hopes other Latin American countries will follow suit. “I’m very glad that Guatemala has moved its embassy. I’m very glad that Paraguay has moved its embassy. And I ask you, as well as being Israel’s ambassadors, to ask your governments to move their embassies to Jerusalem. So we can say, ‘Next year in Jerusalem’.”

Earlier this month, Israel was one of the first nations to send aid following the Fuego volcano eruption in Guatemala which has killed over 100 people. An Israeli team specializing in treating victims of burns and respiratory diseases has been using an enzyme-based gel to treat patients suffering from burns resulting from the eruption.

Last year, Netanyahu visited Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

[Photo: Prime Minister of Israel / Flickr ]