Colombia supports a solution where Israel and Palestine can live in peace as neighbors, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Tuesday.
Santos made the statement during a dinner with the Israeli President Shimon Peres.
So far, Colombia has failed to support for the admission of Palestine as a member state of United Nations, however, Santos said, eventually the Palestinians must be granted state rights.
“We support … a solution where two states, Israel and Palestine, live in peace as neighbors,” said Santos. “We believe that this is the best answer for both nations.”
According to the Colombian head-of-state the most effective way to achieve this is through a “negotiated settlement with the Palestinian people.”
Santos reiterated his support for Israel by stating that Colombia and Israel not only shared common values of democracy, peace and freedom but also a history of difficulties and conflicts.
According to Santos, this has strengthened and encouraged the peoples in both countries in a strive to do better.
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