BOGOTA – The Israeli Embassy in Colombia urged the South American country on Wednesday to reverse its decision to recognize Palestine as a state calling it a violation of bilateral relations.
The Israeli Embassy released a statement on Twitter urging the Colombian government to reverse the decision taken by the previous administration as it violates close and extensive cooperation in vital areas and the interests of both nations.
Colombia on Wednesday became the last South American country to recognize Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign” state, a decision taken by the former administration of Juan Manuel Santos.
The new government will analyze the move, the new foreign minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said.
In a letter dated Aug. 3, former Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, who left office Tuesday, informed her then Palestinian counterpart, Riad Malik, of Colombia’s decision.
Israel’s embassy expressed its surprise and disappointment on the decision and the manner in which it was taken.
The statement further said that it expected the Colombian government to inform them of a crucial policy change like this in advance as this is a contradiction to the quality of relations and proximity between the two countries and its leaders.
Marta Lucia Ramirez, Vice President of Colombia said on her part that a sensitive foreign policy issue like the Palestine-Israel conflict was taken over the institutional framework.
Trujillo said Wednesday that for the new Colombian government it was a priority to maintain cooperative relations with its allies and its commitment to contribute to international peace and security.
Upon being asked whether the decision can be revoked, Trujillo said the government will analyze the implications and the content of the letter closely and will act according to the international laws.