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Colombia Recognizes Palestine As Independent State

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In a new diplomatic blow for the apartheid “Israeli” entity, the Colombian government formally recognized Palestine as a sovereign state.

According to a letter from the Colombian Foreign Ministry made public on Wednesday, the government of former president Juan Manuel Santos had recognized the Palestinian state on August 3, days before being replaced by Ivan Duque.

“I would like to inform you that in the name of the government of Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to recognize Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state,” read the letter addressed to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki.

It further noted that the Palestinian people “have a right to constitute an independent state.”

Duque’s administration said it would review Santos’ decision on Palestine, but acknowledged that it was legal.

The new Colombian government “will cautiously examine” the “implications” of the decision and “will act according to international law,” Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian embassy in Bogota praised Colombia’s move.

“We appreciate the Colombian government for this decision and we are sure it will contribute significantly to create the necessary conditions in the search for peace in the Middle East,” the diplomatic mission said in a communiqué.

The decision makes Colombia the last South American country to recognize the state of Palestine.

In November 2012, the United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status from “non-member observer entity” to “non-member observer state” despite strong opposition from “Israel”.

The Palestinian national flag was also hoisted for the first time at the UN headquarters in New York in September 2015.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team