Israeli occupation denied this week Colombia’s foreign minister entry to Ramallah, in what seemed to be a loud diplomatic statement on the status of Jerusalem, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported.
The Foreign Ministry of Bogota released a statement explaining that Israel would allow Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin to visit Ramallah only if she added Jerusalem to her itinerary.
A senior Israeli official confirmed Bogota’s statement, adding that the decision was ordered by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Had Israel permitted Holguin to visit Ramallah while not stopping by Jerusalem, the Colombian foreign minister’s visit may set a precedent many countries would follow, which Liberman, according to the official, said contradicts Israel’s stance on Jerusalem.
On Nov.3, the Colombian Embassy forwarded its request to allow Holguin into Ramallah, clearly stating that she intends to meet with the Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki and possibly Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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