On December 24, 2017 President Jimmy Morales of Guatemala courageously announced plans to move his country's embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. This announcement came shortly after President Trump made the same clear and coherent decision. As co-chairs of the Republican Israel Caucus, Representatives Doug Lamborn, Lee Zeldin, Leonard Lance, and Peter Roskam applaud President Morales for this important step and recognition of reality, and appreciate his support after President Trump's announcements. Guatemala and the United States share the same democratic values that make support for our ally Israel not only natural, but the right thing to do. Guatemala has been an important partner for America in other ways, such as stopping foreign nationals fighting for ISIS, working together in the fight against drug trafficking, and also being a major trade partner. We look forward to continuing this important partnership with Guatemala in the future.
Rep. Doug Lamborn: "As a co-chair of the GOP Israel Caucus, I am very pleased to see Guatemala join the U.S. in acknowledging Israel's true capital. This is another example of the important relationship between our two nations. Thank you, President Morales."
Rep. Lee Zeldin: "Our friend and ally Guatemala has shown great fortitude in its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's rightful capital. Guatemala is a key partner, not only to combat terrorism, drug trafficking and other important issues, but especially with the need to stand strongly shoulder to shoulder with Israel."
Rep. Leonard Lance: "I commend the action of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is time other nations of the world join the United States and Guatemala in acknowledging this long overdue recognition of reality."
Rep. Peter Roskam: "I applaud Guatemala's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. I thank President Jimmy Morales for his bold leadership in voting with the United States at the UN on this important issue and taking initial steps to move the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem. I look forward to strengthening the trilateral ties between the United States, Guatemala, and Israel."