Congressman Taylor Lauds Guatemala’s Decision to Move Their Embassy to Jerusalem and the U.S.-Guatemala Alliance, Following Meeting with Ambassador
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Taylor hosted Guatemalan Ambassador Manuel Espina in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss their country’s history of cooperation with the United States, and their ongoing efforts to interdict criminal, terrorist, and narcotic traffic in Latin America. This meeting comes on the heels of Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales’s Christmas Eve announcement that his country would follow the United State’s lead in moving their embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Guatemala is the first country to follow suit in relocating their embassy, and only one of nine countries that voted against a nonbinding United Nations resolution that called on countries to avoid moving their embassies to Jerusalem.
“Guatemala is not just a friend of the United States, but a strong ally in our fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and gang activity,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “As the major trade partner of Guatemala, the United States accounts for one-third of all imports and exports – an annual value of billions of dollars. Guatemalan intelligence over the past two years has intercepted 44 citizens of Middle Eastern countries attempting to use false documents to gain access to the United States, one of whom had possible ties to ISIS. They continue to be a valuable partner in the counter-narcotics fight. The value of this partnership cannot be overstated. I would like to thank Ambassador Espina for taking the time to meet with me, and I look forward to the continued cooperation between our countries in promoting growth, peace, and security across Central and South America.”