Long-time Israeli ally Colombia has now officially recognized Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign state”. It joined over 100 other countries around the world, becoming the last in South America to do so.
Letter to Ramallah
The move was made by the outgoing Santos administration in Colombia. Former foreign minister María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar signed it on 3 August.
The announcement, however, came after the swearing in of Colombia’s new President Iván Duque on 7 August. The following day, Colombia sent the letter to Palestinian foreign minister Riyad Malki.