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Incoming Colombian president won’t reverse recognition of Palestinian state

Colombia’s new president, Ivan Duque, says he will not reverse the lame-duck decision last month of his predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos, to recognize a Palestinian state. “I would have like more debate, but a government governs until the last day,” he tells a local radio station. “The recognition is irreversible.”

Santos, a close ally of Israel, recognized the state of Palestinian state several days before the inauguration of his successor in a surprise move.

— Raphael Ahren

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