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Colombia backs Palestine state
August 10, 2018
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BOGOTA: Colombia recognised Palestine as a sovereign state in the days before new President Ivan Duque took office, according to a letter from the foreign ministry made public on Wednesday.

“I would like to inform you that in the name of the government of Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to recognise Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state,” said the letter dated Aug.3.

The letter was signed by Santos’s foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin.

New Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said he would review the “implications” of the previous government’s decision, in accordance with international law and good diplomatic practice.

“It is a priority for this government to maintain cooperative relations with its allies and friends, and to contribute to international peace and security,” Holmes said.

Before the announcement, Colombia had been one of only two countries in the region, along with Panama, not to recognise Palestinian statehood.

Agence France-Presse

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