The Palestinian Presidency has welcomed the decision by Paraguay to return its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, describing it as courageous.
On Wednesday, Paraguay said that it had decided to rescind its decision of May 21 to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and return the embassy to Tel Aviv, a step that has upset Israel, which according to Israeli reports, has decided in a retaliatory move to close its embassy in Paraguay.
The Presidency said in a statement that "this decision was in line with international resolutions and was the result of the wise and vigorous Palestinian diplomatic efforts to explain the dangers of the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem on the peace process in the Middle East and the establishment of the independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital."
During his visit to Paraguay two weeks ago to attend the inauguration of its new president, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki demanded Paraguay to return its embassy in Israel to Tel Aviv.
Malki asked the new Paraguayan president to take the embassy back to Tel Aviv and after meeting his Paraguayan counterpart, the two foreign ministers agreed to keep the matter under wraps until Paraguay officially announces its decision early in September.
The Palestinian diplomat expressed gratitude to the Paraguayan president and foreign minister for their commitment to international law and UN Security Council resolutions, particularly the resolution 478 of 1980 that bans countries from recognizing Israel's sovereignty over occupied Jerusalem or moving their embassies to the city.
As promised, Palestine is going to open an embassy in Paraguay, Malki said, urging other countries to open embassies in Paraguay in a show of solidarity with that Central South American country.
Source: International Islamic News Agency