JTA – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Honduras President Juan Orlando Hernandez and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed plans to move the Central American nation’s embassy to Jerusalem.
The three met Tuesday in Brasilia, where they attended the inauguration of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, and also discussed upgrading Israel’s consulate in Tegucigalpa to a full embassy.
The countries “agreed to pursue a plan of action, which includes meetings in their three respective capital cities,” a joint statement released by the U.S. State Department read, and to “strengthen political relations and coordinate development cooperation in Honduras.”
“The U.S., Israel and Honduras are uniting as strategic allies, committed to the development and security of their peoples,” Hernandez tweeted. “The alliance will bring great results and positively impact the Honduran people.”
Estados Unidos, Israel y Honduras se unen como Aliados Estratégicos, comprometidos con el desarrollo y la seguridad de sus pueblos. Esta alianza traerá grandes resultados e impacto positivo para el pueblo hondureño. pic.twitter.com/t43vDlJAJy
— Juan Orlando H. (@JuanOrlandoH) January 1, 2019
On Tuesday, Netanyahu ended a historic five-day trip to Brazil, the first for a sitting Israeli prime minister. Both Netanyahu and Bolsonaro described the Brazilian embassy transfer from Tel Aviv as “a matter of when, not if.”
Last month, senior Honduran officials expressed their government’s willingness to move the embassy after meeting Israel’s Foreign Ministry director-general, Yuval Rotem. Honduras also is interested in getting advice from Israeli experts on crime fighting, water management, agriculture and cyber issues.
Guatemala moved its embassy to Jerusalem just two days after the U.S. opened its offices in May. Earlier this year, Paraguay also announced plans to move its embassy, but reversed the decision months later.