Honduras and Israel increase cooperation in security

After a meeting between Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 8 December 2016, officials signed an agreement to amplify security cooperation between the two countries with a focus on equipment, training and technology sharing (Terra Mexico). The agreement increases F5 and A37 planes, as well as the Honduran’ Air Forces’ helicopter Fleet (La Prensa). The Presidents agreed on the construction of an Offshore Patrol Vessel with the capacity for helicopter landing and take-off, as well as introducing a sophisticated land communication system with national coverage (La Prensa). Hernández stressed this additional equipment, technology and training will allow the country to focus on threats from organized crime, terrorism and drug trafficking (La Prensa). The agreement builds on and deepens previous security cooperation agreements between the two countries.