FILE – Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, during his speech in his meeting with Russian President, Vladimir, Putin in Sochi, May 2017
RAMALLAH - 29 August 2019: The Palestinian Foreign Ministry decided to file a complaint with the UN over Honduras' decision to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem.
The ministry condemned the move, saying it is a flagrant violation of the international law and legitimacy resolutions.
In a press release, the ministry said such a decision will foil any regional or international effort aiming at achieving peace in the Palestinian territories in accordance with international terms of references and two-state solution.
The ministry requested from the Arab League council, which will convene on September 10, to denounce such a move and take punitive measures towards Honduras for violating UN Security resolution 478/1980.
The ministry will also request from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take similar punitive measures against Honduras.
President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras announced that he will pay an official visit to Israel Friday to open the country’s diplomatic office in Jerusalem, recognizing the occupied city as Israel’s capital.
Since US President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and relocated the US embassy to the Holy City in May 2018, a handful of countries have followed suit. Most of these have been Latin American countries with close ties to the US, including Paraguay and Guatemala.