Honduras is planning to close embassies in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela countries which do not recognize the government of President Porfirio Lobo.
Resources invested in these embassies will be used to open trade offices in India, Singapore, China and Canada said on Tuesday Foreign Affairs minister Mario Canahuati speaking with the press in Tegucigalpa.
“Embassies which will remain open in the region are Colombia, Peru and Chile, three countries which effectively recognize the government of President Lobo” added Canahuati who anticipated that relations with the other South American countries will have to be done through these legations.
“We can’t stop having relations with Latin America, but it’s better to have friends than enemies”.
The opening of trade offices in India, Singapore, China and Canada will help Honduras “establish relations that can open the way for strategic alliances which we need to boost our development and open new markets for our exports”, said the top Honduran official.
Canahuati made the statements before travelling to neighbouring Guatemala where he will be holding discussions working up for the meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of the Central America Integration System, SICA.
Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela do not recognize the government of President Lobo since they consider it a continuation of the 28 June 2009 coup that ousted ex-president Manuel Zelaya, and whose unconditional return to Honduras these countries demand.
President Zelaya was flown out of the country in pyjamas by the military following on instructions from the Honduran Congress and Judiciary branch, since he was accused of allegedly organizing a constitutional referendum that would open the way for his re-election, strictly banned under the Honduran constitution.