Netanyahu met with heads of state from Hungary, Honduras, Chile, Serbia, Cape Verde and several others; In meeting with Pompeo, Honduras agrees to relocate embassy to Jerusalem and to replace Israeli consulate with embassy in coming months.


Honduras will relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and Israel will open an embassy in Tegucigalpa.

The decision was made during a meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brasilia on Tuesday. An Israeli official reported to journalists on Wednesday that the embassy move to Jerusalem will occur within the next two months.

Several world leaders gathered in Brazil for the inauguration of President Jair Bolsonaro, Netanyahu meeting with leaders and state representatives as he continues to strengthen international ties and cooperation with the Jewish state.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the leaders announcing a visit by the Visegrad Group (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) to Israel in the coming months. The visit will center on increasing ties, as well as security cooperation. Netanyahu thanked Orban for his defense and support of Israel at the UN and international forums in Europe.

Netanyahu also met with Chilean President Sebastian Pińera on bilateral ties. The leaders announced plans to advance direct flights to Israel from Santiago over Africa to shorten travel times. He additionally held meetings with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic and President of Cape Verde Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

Prime Minister Netanyahu has focused his efforts on initiating and increasing ties with Arab, African, Asian and Latin American states. On Tuesday he finished his 6-day tour in Brazil. Bolsonaro is expected to visit Israel in March, where he is likely to announce Brazil’s embassy relocation to Jerusalem.



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