Colombia’s departing president officially recognized state of ‘Palestine’ on way out the door

Colombia’s departing president officially recognized state of ‘Palestine’ on way out the door
Inauguration: President Ivan Duque of Colombia, Aug 2018. YouTube

[Ed. – Cowardly. Weaselly.  Was never a big fan of Juan Manuel Santos, although he’s from the same center-right party as his predecessor Uribe, who was a steady-at-the-helm constitutionalist and good friend to regional stability and the USA. Santos has done some very questionable things. The new president, Ivan Duque, is considered further right, and spoke during the campaign of considering an embassy move to Jerusalem. So we’ll watch and see what he does.]

Colombian President Iván Duque is facing a diplomatic row with Israel in his first week in office after the outgoing government recognized Palestine just days before the end of its term.

The announcement was made public Wednesday, with the release of a letter to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Malki. The letter was written on August 3 and signed by then-foreign minister María Ángela Holguín Cuéllar. …

Duque’s newly inaugurated government, which took office Tuesday, said it would review the move.

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