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Paraguay and Honduras ready ‘in principle’ to move embassies to Jerusalem

According to Israel’s Army Radio, the countries have conditioned their moves on an official visit to their countries by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Jerusalem on Oct. 29, 2015. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Jerusalem on Oct. 29, 2015. Photo by Kobi Gideon/GPO

Following on the heels of the United States and Guatemala, Paraguay and Honduras have announced that they are ready “in principle” to relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, according to Israel’s Army Radio.

The countries have conditioned their moves on an official visit to their countries by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu visited Latin America in September, but did not stop in Paraguay. During that trip, Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes traveled to Buenos Aires to meet with Netanyahu.

At the recent AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, Guatemala President Jimmy Morales announced that his country would move its embassy to Jerusalem “two days after the United States moves its embassy,” tentatively scheduled for May 14.

In December, following the announcement that the United States would move its embassy and officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.N. General Assembly voted to condemn America’s announcement. The nine countries that voted against that proposal included Israel, the United States, Honduras, Guatemala, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.

Paraguay was one of 35 countries to abstain, while another 21 countries did not participate in the vote.

Czech Republic President Milos Zeman has also expressed his desire to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

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