January 14, 2020 / 9:40 PM / 7 days ago

Incoming Guatemalan president to keep country's embassy in Jerusalem

FILE PHOTO: Guatemala's President-elect Alejandro Giammattei arrives at a rehearsal for his inauguration at the Teatro Nacional in Guatemala City, Guatemala January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Incoming Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei will keep his country’s embassy in Israel in the city of Jerusalem, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday, confirming the move made by his predecessor following pressure by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Giammattei, a conservative former surgeon and ex-prison chief who will be sworn in later in the day to a four-year term, also plans to designate Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah, a heavily armed outfit, has been designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Editing by Drazen Jorgic and Marguerita Choy

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