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Honduras recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Honduras will open a 'diplomatic office' in Jerusalem [AFP/Getty]

Date of publication: 28 August, 2019

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Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said the move to open a 'diplomatic office' in Jerusalem is a recognition of its status as Israel's capital.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel on Friday to inaugurate a "diplomatic office" in Jerusalem, recognising the holy city as Israel's capital.

The diplomatic office in the disputed city will be an extension of Honduras' Tel Aviv-based embassy.

"For me it's the recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," Hernandez said on Tuesday.

The foreign ministry said in a statement Israel had proposed that Honduras move its embassy to Jerusalem, which is being "analyzed and evaluated in the international and national context". 

Israeli media reported in July that Israel's foreign ministry had prepared a government plan aimed at bribing countries to transfer their embassies to Jerusalem.

US President Donald Trump sparked a deterioration in relations between Washington and the Palestinian authorities last year when the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem.

The move sparked anger across the world and led to weeks of global protests in solidarity with Palestine.

Guatemala and Paraguay followed suit while Brazil said it was studying the possibility. Paraguay reversed its decision after just four months.

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Moving an embassy to Jerusalem is highly contentious. Israel claims all of Jerusalem as its capital, while Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

Traditionally, most diplomatic missions in Israel have been in Tel Aviv as countries maintained a neutral stance over the status of Jerusalem.

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