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U.S., Israel Condemn Recognition of Palestinian State, as Colombia Announces Embassy in Ramallah

HeadlineMay 23, 2024

Meanwhile, Israel and the U.S. are criticizing a move by Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognize Palestine as an independent state on May 28, bringing the total number of countries recognizing Palestine to 146. National security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke Wednesday.

Jake Sullivan: “President Biden, as I just said, has been on the record supporting a two-state solution. He has been equally emphatic on the record that that two-state solution should be brought about through direct negotiations through the parties, not through unilateral recognition.”

In Colombia, President Gustavo Petro has ordered the opening of a Colombian Embassy in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. This comes weeks after Petro broke diplomatic relations with Israel after he accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza. This is Colombia’s foreign minister, Luis Gilberto Murillo.

Luis Gilberto Murillo: “So, we believe — we are sure that more and more countries are going to recognize Palestine. And this is nothing against Israel or the people of Israel or Jewish people. The United Nations agreed, in the context of the Oslo Accords, that a two-state solution should be created. And so, if you need two states, then obviously that requires Palestine to be recognized as a state.”

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