Colombia recognised Palestine as a sovereign state in the last days before new President Iván Duque took office, according to a letter from the Latin American coutnry's Foreign Ministry made public late Wednesday.
"I would like to inform you that in the name of the government of Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has decided to recognise Palestine as a free, independent and sovereign state," said the letter dated August 3.
The letter was signed by Santos's Foreign Minister María Ángela Holguín.
New Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said he would review the "implications" of the previous government's decision, in accordance with international law and good diplomatic practice. Though he recognised the move was legal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been scheduled to arrive in Colombia on Monday but called off the trip at the last minute, saying he needed to focus on developments along his country's border with the Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian mission in Bogota told AFP that they were told of the decision last Friday. It welcomed the move by Bogota as evidence of "profound efforts to reach a rapprochement."