Arab League severs ties with Guatemala over embassy move

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the inauguration ceremony of the inauguration ceremony of Guatemala’s embassy in Jerusalem on May 16, 2018. Guatemala inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem on May 15, becoming the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States’ deeply controversial move, breaking with decades of international consensus. (AFP)
Updated 24 May 2018

Arab League severs ties with Guatemala over embassy move

CAIRO: The Arab League says it will no longer cooperate on any level with Guatemala because of the country’s decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Cairo-based organization says Wednesday it has abandoned a memorandum of understanding signed in 2013 and has severed relations with the South American country.
Guatemala moved its embassy to Jerusalem earlier this month, following the inauguration of the US Embassy in disputed Jerusalem.
Guatemala was the first country to put its embassy in Jerusalem, in 1956. It moved the facility 24 years later to Tel Aviv, after the Israeli parliament declared Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital in contravention of a United Nations resolution.
Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

Updated 20 February 2020

US targets five Iranian officials for blocking election candidates

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on five Iranian officials in charge of vetting candidates for this week's parliamentary elections, in which thousands have been barred from running.
The targeted officials include Ahmad Jannati, a powerful cleric accused of overseeing the disqualification of candidates as part of the Guardian Council. The ultra-conservative also plays a key role in a body that selects the regime's supreme leader.
"The Trump Administration will not tolerate the manipulation of elections to favor the regime's malign agenda, and this action exposes those senior regime officials responsible for preventing the Iranian people from freely choosing their leaders," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.