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Sun Mar 24, 2019, 06:02 PM

Honduran president calls Jerusalem Israeli capital, not moving embassy yet

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS MARCH 24, 2019 / 3:35 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Honduran president calls Jerusalem Israeli capital, not moving embassy yet

Orfa Mejia
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TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez on Sunday called Jerusalem Israel’s capital, saying the Central American country would open a trade office there, but he stopped short of announcing plans to move his embassy from Tel Aviv.

Hernandez has in recent months signaled that his government is mulling moving the Honduran embassy to Jerusalem, and made his comments on the holy city during his appearance at a conference on U.S.-Israeli relations in Washington.

“Today I have announced the first step, which is to open a trade office in Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel, and this will be an extension of our embassy in Tel Aviv,” Hernandez said in a statement issued by his government.

“I’ve said that a second step will draw a lot of attacks from the enemies of Israel and the United States, but we will continue along this path,” Hernandez added.

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