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Honduras plans to open embassy in Jerusalem

Posted: Saturday, June 5, 2021. 4:42 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma: Honduran President Juan Hernandez announced that this month, the nation will open its embassy in Jerusalem in an attempt to build closer ties with Israel, Arab News report.

Honduras had previously opened a commercial office in Jerusalem and Israel is set to open a diplomatic office in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

“We are going to formalize what we have already carried out step by step, which is the installation of our embassy in Jerusalem,” President Hernandez said.

Hernandez said that the move will empower the nation in the field of innovation and in the field of tourism.

The country has faced challenges in acquiring COVID-19 vaccines and its hospitals are overwhelmed but in February, Honduras received 5,000 Moderna vaccines from Israel.

Honduras joins United States, Kosovo, and its central American neighbor Guatemala who all have embassies in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and most countries have their embassies in Tel Aviv.

 

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