The Colombian government has formally recognized Palestine as a sovereign state in a new diplomatic blow for the regime in Israel.
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.”
Colombia is the final country in South America to recognise Palestine.
The incoming president, according to a report on the official Palestinian news agency WAFA on Wednesday, also approved the measure.
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