President Orders Opening of Colombian Embassy in Palestine

President Orders Opening of Colombian Embassy in Palestine

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The president of Colombia ordered the opening of his country’s embassy in the Palestinian territory.

“President (Gustavo) Petro has given the order that we open the Colombian embassy in Ramallah, the representation of Colombia in Ramallah, that is the next step we are going to take,” Foreign Minister Luis Gilberto Murillo told journalists Thursday according to Reuters.

Murillo added he believes more countries will soon begin backing the recognition of a Palestinian state before the United Nations, efforts Colombia has already supported.

At the beginning of this month, Petro, who had already recalled the Colombian ambassador from Tel Aviv citing Israel’s massacre of Palestinians, said he would break diplomatic relations with Israel over its actions in Gaza. The embassy was closed on May 3.

Petro has heavily criticized Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and has requested to join South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ramallah, in the West Bank, serves as the administrative capital of the Palestinian Authority.

On May 10, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly backed a Palestinian bid to become a full UN member by recognizing it as qualified to join and recommended the UN Security Council “reconsider the matter favorably.”

Israel has killed more than 36,000 Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip since October 2023 and the ICJ is looking into claims it is committing genocide in the enclave.

Colombia was not the first Latin American country to cut ties with Israel.

Bolivia broke with relations with Israel at the end of October last year while several other countries in Latin America, including Chile and Honduras, have recalled their ambassadors.

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