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Honduran president to inaugurate 'diplomatic office' in Jerusalem

Honduran president to inaugurate 'diplomatic office' in Jerusalem
FILE PHOTO: Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez speaks during a news conference at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera -
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MEXICOCITY (Reuters) – Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Jerusalem to inaugurate a “diplomatic office” in the city on Sept. 1, the Honduran government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The office represents an extension of Honduras’s embassy in the country, the Honduran government said.

Hernandez said in March that he would open a trade office in Jerusalem. It was not immediately clear how the diplomatic office would be related to a trade office.

The Honduran president’s office and foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Hernandez has in recent months signalled that his government is mulling moving the Honduran embassy to Jerusalem.

His comments follow the formal recognition by U.S. President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Last May, Trump moved the U.S. embassy to the disputed city.

(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; writing by Julia Love; editing by Richard Pullin)

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