Paraguay moves back embassy to Tel Aviv
Paraguay’s new government has announced that it will move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv – just three months after shifting it to Jerusalem.
BBC understands that President Mario Abdo Benítez, who was sworn in last month, said he wanted to help achieve “a just and durable peace” in the Middle East.
However, the Palestinian Authority said it would “immediately” open an embassy in the South American country.
Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem has never been recognised internationally, and according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks.
Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem. These are illegal under international law.