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Ecuadorian president nixes Israel visit

Two days after the foreign minister in Quito announces plans to open an Ecuadorian embassy in Palestine, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa nixes a visit to Israel scheduled for the second half of this year.

“Obviously, after these events, we have canceled the visit,” he says, referring to the 29-day war between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Correa also described the situation in Gaza as genocide, according to the Prensa Latina news agency.

In the past, Correa has been criticized in Ecuador for voicing support for Israel and describing it as an “example” to be followed by Latin American states.

In recent days, he was criticized for not canceling his visit to Israel, which was scheduled for October. Correa had said that during the visit, he would seek to increase Quito’s scientific and technological cooperation with Israel.

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