After cutting ties with Israel, Colombia to open embassy in Ramallah

AFP , Thursday 23 May 2024

Colombia, whose president has described Israel's war on Gaza as "genocidal," said Wednesday it will open an embassy in Ramallah in the Palestinian territories.

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Colombian President Gustavo Petro attends Labor Day commemorations in Bogota, Colombia. AFP


Foreign Minister Luis Murillo told reporters that President Gustavo Petro -- an ardent critic of Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu -- had given instructions "that we install the embassy of Colombia in Ramallah" in the West Bank.

The announcement came on the same day Ireland, Norway and Spain announced they would recognize a Palestinian state, more than seven months into Israel's devastating war on Gaza.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed at least 35,709 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry.

Colombia's Petro has described Israeli leadership as "genocidal" with his country breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel on May 1. 

The South American nation has joined a growing number of countries that have severed or suspended ties with Israel over its war on Gaza, including Bolivia, Belize and South Africa.

Several other countries have recalled diplomats.

Earlier this month, Petro urged the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Israel's Netanyahu.

On Monday, the prosecutor of that court said he has requested arrest warrants for Netanyahu, his defence minister and top Hamas leaders.


*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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