Palestine has now been recognized as a Sovereign state by Colombia, and the decision has come a few days before President’s Juan Santos term in office comes to an end, and Ivan Duque, the newly elected President takes the charge.
According to an official letter handed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Aria Angela Holguin, to the Palestine Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki, which read “the President of Republic of Colombia has decided to recognize the state of Palestine,” confirming the status for Palestine.
Responding to the letter, a Palestine representative said in a statement “we thank the Colombian government for this decision and we are sure that it will contribute significantly to generating the necessary conditions in the search for peace in the Middle East.”
However, the Israel embassy was least pleased to hear such a decision and stated it was “surprised and disappointed.” It further took it to twitter and posted “we ask the Colombian government to reverse the decision made by the previous administration in its last days, which contravenes the close relations, extensive cooperation in vital areas and interests of both countries.”
To which Colombia’s new government said that it would once again look into the matter. Also, a statement by new Foreign minister Carlos Homles, gave hope to Israel stating “Given possible omissions that could come to light about the way in which this decision was taken by the outgoing president, the government will cautiously examine its implications and will act according to international law.”
The decision to make Palestine a sovereign state has come after many year of intense pressure from Foreign Ministry of Palestine, as well as by the Palestine’s diplomatic mission in Colombia. Before the decision Colombia was only a part of South American, however it has now been recognized as a sovereign state by more than 130 nations.