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    Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes walks next to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin upon his arrival for a meeting at the Israeli president's residence in Jerusalem, ahead of the dedication ceremony of the embassy of Paraguay in Jerusalem, May 21, 2018

    Paraguay Opens Embassy in Jerusalem, Following US Example (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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    The Latin American country opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, following the United States in making the controversial decision, which provoked widespread protest in many Muslim countries.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes attended the inauguration ceremony.

    The US opened its embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel. The long-anticipated relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv was met with a new round of violent clashes between Israel and Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border. Over 60 people, including several children, have been killed and more than 2,700 others injured in the latest clashes. On Wednesday, Guatemala also took the same step in support of the US president’s decision.

    ​Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, including the eastern districts of the city, which the Israelis seized from Jordan during the Six-Day War in 1967. However, the international community doesn't recognize this status of the city. The Palestinians are protesting the relocation, claiming East Jerusalem to be their capital as well.

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