01:18 GMT20 October 2020
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    In 2019, Honduras opened a trade mission with diplomatic status in Jerusalem, signalling it was the first step to secure the opening of a Honduran embassy in the city in the future.

    Honduras will open an embassy in Jerusalem, according to a phone call between Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    While the president expressed hope to open the embassy next year, the Israeli premier said that it will happen by the end of this year.

    Earlier, Netanyahu said that Serbia would move its embassy to Jerusalem by next July, becoming the first European country to do so.

    The example in that direction was set by the Trump administration. In December 2017, Trump announced that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and subsequently moved the US Embassy to the city - the move, which drew  international condemnation.

    Another Latin American state, Guatemala, followed the US a few days later after the American embassy was opened in Jerusalem in May 2018.

    Jerusalem is seen as holy by the three major Abrahamic religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Both Israel and Palestine see Jerusalem as their capital, and the status of the city has long been regarded as a matter that must be resolved through a Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

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    Jerusalem, diplomacy, Honduras, Benjamin Netanyahu, United States
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