In her visit to Honduras, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley praised Honduras for its vote alongside the U.S. in December. “[It’s] our right” to move the embassy to Jerusalem, she said.
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Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, visited Tegucigalpa, Honduras, this Tuesday, where she emphasized the United States’ support for the Central American country’s new government. During her visit, Haley stated that Honduras’ support on a U.N. resolution that condemned the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s rightful capital was a mark of mutual trust.
“That was one that was not an easy decision for any country to have to vote on,” Haley said. “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.”
Honduras was one of eight countries that voted with the U.S., but Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández has not yet decided whether to move the Honduran embassy to Jerusalem. Guatemala, Haley’s next stop, does plan on moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
Haley’s visit appears to be part of President Trump’s mandate to reduce the flow of drugs into the United States. Recently, Trump criticized several Central American countries as waypoints for drugs, saying: “I want to stop the aid, if they can’t stop the drugs from coming in—because they could stop them a lot easier than us.”
Haley’s focus on drug trafficking, an issue the United Nations declared a global threat to security and peace, is a step forward in returning the U.S. to its role as a world leader. Until now, the U.N. has failed to take concrete steps in combating the global narcotics trade.
“We can’t just focus on the countries that are producing it,” Haley said. “We have to focus on the countries that are moving it, and are we doing enough in the international community to stop it.”
It should be noted that following Haley’s departure from Honduras Tuesday, some 500 protesters gathered around the U.S. embassy and threw stones against military and civilian police. The recent protest was a continuation of the protests held outside the embassy since the November 26 election, which was marred by allegations of fraud and corruption.
“The United States is backing a dictatorship in Honduras,” said former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was overthrown in a 2009 coup, and who ran and lost in the last election.