The United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, praised Honduras for backing the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel reported Wednesday.
“As the US ambassador to the UN, I want to thank the president and the people of Honduras for supporting our decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem,” Haley said at a press conference in Honduras with Hernández.
She thanked the Central American country for voting against a resolution in the UN General Assembly, backed by 128 other nations, that condemned the decision to move the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Honduras was one of eight countries to have voted with the U.S., the others being Guatemala, Israel, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.
“That was one that was not an easy decision for any country to have to vote on,” Haley observed. “But the people of Honduras stood with us in being able to make that decision for ourselves and decide where we want our embassy, and to know that that’s our right,” she added.
The U.S. expressed its gratitude to the eight countries as well 35 other member states that abstained on the resolution, with a “friends of the U.S.” reception in New York in January.
In a visit to Tegucigalpa to hold talks with newly re-elected Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Haley stressed that the Trump administration was “committed” to Hernandez and his government.
“We greatly appreciate not just the support on that vote but on so many votes that we have at the United Nations,” Haley said.
The US ambassador is also expected to thank Guatemala for its support during her upcoming visit to the country as part of her tour in Central America. While Honduras has not said whether it will move its embassy to Jerusalem, Guatemala has decided to move theirs.
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