Honduras has opened a trade mission with diplomatic status in Jerusalem, a move the country’s president said was a “first step” toward moving the embassy to the city.
“Today is a historic day for Honduras and Israel,” Juan Orlando Hernandez declared, moments after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially inaugurated the Honduran “Trade and Cooperation” office in central Jerusalem.
The opening of the trade office is merely a “first step,” the president said, noting that the second step — opening an embassy — would follow in the coming month.
The office, which has “diplomatic status” as it is considered an extension of the Honduran embassy in Tel Aviv, is located inside the Jerusalem Chamber of Commerce on 10 Hillel Street. It will bring “more investment and more opportunities for the Honduran people,” Hernandez predicted.
At the event, Mr Netanyahu thanked Mr Hernandez for opening this “important mission” in Jerusalem and for his recognition of the city as Israel’s capital.
Last week, Mr Hernandez said that for him, opening a trade office in the city is “the recognition that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.”