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Guatemala City - Haley Thanks Guatemala For Help On Venezuela, Israel Embassy

Published on: February 28, 2018 06:30 PM
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Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., left, gives a statement to the press, alongside Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales after their meeting at the National Palace of Culture in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.  (AP Photo/Luis Soto)Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., left, gives a statement to the press, alongside Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales after their meeting at the National Palace of Culture in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.  (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Guatemala City - Washington’s U.N. ambassador thanked Guatemala on Wednesday for its support in confronting Venezuela over concerns about democracy and human rights in the South American nation.

Speaking after meeting in Guatemala City with President Jimmy Morales, Ambassador Nikki Haley expressed gratitude for Morales’ “words and statements” about Venezuela.

“We have seen Venezuela go from what was a successful democratic country to now being ruled by an abusive dictator,” Haley said. “And we will continue to join with President Morales in fighting for the human rights and the abilities of the Venezuelan people to take back over their government.”

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Officials loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro have scheduled an earlier than usual presidential election for April 22. The move is seen as disadvantageous for Maduro’s opponents, and most in the opposition are refusing to participate unless measures are taken to guarantee fairness and transparency.

Washington and several Latin American nations have criticized the election schedule, saying conditions for a fair vote are lacking.

Morales said that he and Haley spoke of their agreement on Venezuela and the need to strengthen democratic states, as well as anti-corruption efforts, measures to reduce migration and combatting gangs and drug trafficking.

Haley praised Guatemala’s progress on tackling corruption, gangs and drugs.

She met in the afternoon with Guatemala’s attorney general and the head of a U.N.-sponsored commission investigating corruption in the Central American nation, both of whom have been instrumental in pressing graft prosecutions.

Earlier, the ambassador also thanked Morales for supporting President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Guatemala was one of nine nations that sided with the United States in a U.N. vote condemning the decision. Morales’ government later announced it would also move its own diplomatic mission in Israel, though it has not given a timeline for a move.

Morales met in Washington in early February with Donald Trump, who at the time also expressed gratitude for his support on the embassy move.



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 Feb 28, 2018 at 09:21 PM Anonymous Says:

Guatemala was also the second country to recognize Israel, after President Harry Truman first recognized Israel, within minutes of Israel declaring its independence .

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 Feb 28, 2018 at 08:54 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Will she visit Tehran? They say the want an embassy in Jerusalem too.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 09:49 AM abilenetx Says:

Why not have all the countries in the world have an Embassy in Jerusalem for that is the center of all things. Maybe if that happens people will start talking to each other instead of hating each other and wanting to kill each other.

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 10:35 AM Teddybear Says:

Haley 2024

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 Mar 01, 2018 at 12:19 PM adar29 Says:

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Teddybear Says:

Haley 2024

She got my vote. Sadly in Venezuela people have started turning in to cannibalism. Baruch HaShem she has the courage to speak out in favor of Israel and against evil. May HaKadosh BaruchHu bless her.

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