Colombian president: Recognition of Palestine ‘irreversible’

Colombia's new President Ivan Duque told a local radio station on Monday that the decision with regard to recognition of Palestine made by his predecessor Juan Manuel Santos in the last days of his term in August was irreversible because the president of the republic is the person designated by the constitution to manage foreign relations.

Any government governs until it is replaced by its successor administration; therefore, Santos's decision cannot be disputed and will stand, he argued.

Duque said that he believed the so-called two-state solution is the best way out of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

What we, the international community, should not do is be part of the problem, instead, we must be part of the solution. The solution is to form lasting peace, stability, and that the two-state solution will move forward, he said.

Outgoing Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos handed a letter to Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki saying that Colombia "decided to recognize Palestine as a free, independent, and sovereign state."

Colombia was the only South American country that did not yet recognize the State of Palestine.

Source: International Islamic News Agency