ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליה
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference in Brazil
Photo: Reuters
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference in Brazil

Honduras to officially name Hezbollah as terror organization

Israel's Ambassador to UN thanks Honduran president, who calls move 'culmination of security policies expressed over several years'; step follows similar measures by Argentina, Brazil and Guatemala in recent years; Tegucigalpa seen as pro-Israel under current government, opening Jerusalem trade office in September 2019

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Published: 01.20.20 , 12:44
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez announced over Twitter on Monday that his country will officially designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
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  • "Tomorrow, coinciding with the third Western Hemisphere Counterterrorism Ministerial conference, the National Defense and Security Council of Honduras will designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization… the culmination of security policies expressed over several years," Hernandez tweeted.
    ראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליהראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהו נשיא הונדורס חואן אורלנדו הרננדס ברזיליה
    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a conference in Brazil
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The government of President Hernandez is generally very pro-Israel, opening a trade office in Jerusalem in September 2019 and expected to move its embassy to the capital in the coming weeks.
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    President Hernandez's tweet
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    Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon thanked Hernández over Twitter, saying that "an important step in the fight against Iranian terrorism and proxies in the Middle East and throughout the world."
    In 2019, fellow Latin American states Argentina and Paraguay, took the same step against Hezbollah, prodding then-incumbent President of Guatemala Alejandro Giammattei, to announce his country would follow suit.
    Hezbollah is defined as a terror organization by the United States, UK, Canada, and the Arab League. The European Union currently deems only the group’s military wing as such.

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