Turkey to open embassy in Paraguay
Turkey will open an embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, the South American country said on Sept. 7, a day after President Mario Abdo reversed the previous administration’s decision to move its diplomatic mission in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, Reuters reported.
Most countries do not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the whole of Jerusalem, arguing that peace talks should determine the city’s final status. Paraguay cited this as one reason to move its embassy back to Tel Aviv.
Castiglioni said he expected to meet his Turkish counterpart at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month.
Paraguay considers Israel’s decision to close its embassy hasty and disproportionate, and hopes Israeli authorities will reconsider, Castiglioni said.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu spoke with Castiglioni over the phone on Sept. 7.
Çavuşoğlu thanked the Paraguayan government for reversing the previous administration’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, diplomatic sources told state-run Anadolu Agency.
Paraguay’s decision will set an example for other countries, Çavuşoğlu told his counterpart, according to the sources.