Honduras plans to open embassy in Jerusalem

Honduras plans to open embassy in Jerusalem

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Honduras will begin talks with Israel on talks with the United States to open an embassy in Jerusalem, the three countries said on Tuesday, a move aimed at strengthening the political ties between Honduras and Israel.

The announcement came a little over a year after US President Donald Trump upset the line his predecessors had been following for decades, saying the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Donald Trump’s initiative, which provoked strong criticism from the international community, was then supported by Guatemala and Honduras, two Central American countries receiving substantial American aid.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s announcement, Guatemala had also declared that it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday in Brasilia on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

According to a joint statement, they agreed to hold meetings in the capitals of the three countries “to continue the process of deciding on the opening of embassies in Tegucigalpa and Jerusalem”.

These meetings will also aim to “strengthen political relations and coordinate development cooperation in Honduras,” he added in the document.

Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters that these tripartite talks were “an important political alliance”.

Donald Trump repeatedly threatened to suspend US financial aid to Honduras because of the “caravans” of migrants who left the Central American country with the intention of seeking asylum in the United States.

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