Colombiaâ€™s new President, Ivan Duque MĂˇrquez, on Monday, told a local radio station that the decision to recognize Palestine, made by Juan Manuel Santos in the last few days, was â€śirreversibleâ€ť because â€śthe president of the republic is the person designated by the constitution to manage foreign relations.â€ť
Any government governs until it is replaced by its successor administration; therefore, Santosâ€™s decision cannot be disputed and will stand, he argued.
Duque said, according to WAFA, that he believed the so-called two-state solution is the best way out of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
â€śWhat 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 [assure] that the two-state solution will move forward,â€ť 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 had not yet recognized the State of Palestine.