Colombian Ambassador to Israel detailed the process of closing the diplomatic mission after Petro’s announcement

Colombian Ambassador to Israel detailed the process of closing the diplomatic mission after Petro’s announcement
Colombian Ambassador to Israel detailed the process of closing the diplomatic mission after Petro’s announcement

Gustavo Petro announced the breaking of relations with the State of Israel, supporting the decision to close the embassy due to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza – credit Infobae

The Colombian ambassador to Israel, Margarita Manjarrez, offered details about the controversial process of closing the diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv, after President Gustavo Petro announced the breaking of bilateral relations with the country from the beginning of May 2024, due to the humanitarian crisis that is occurring in Gaza. The emissary, who was called for consultations by the Colombian president on October 31, 2023, returned to Israel to carry out the closure of the embassy.

Since his return to Israel, Manjarrez highlighted the responsibility and care with which the closure of the mission is being carried out. In his own words, “what is done at this moment is to make a responsible closure, an adequate closure.” Together with the Israeli ambassador in Bogotá, Gali Dagan, the diplomat coordinates the necessary procedures to close the embassy in an orderly manner.

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The ambassador explained that, as the legal representative of the State abroad, she and her team are undoing everything they had established during their mandate in Israel. This includes contracts with local staff, services, residences and other assets that were under the responsibility of the embassy.

In relation to some images that circulated in which he appears at his residence in Tel Aviv at what appears to be a party, Manjarrez clarified that it was a farewell organized by friends in Israel, where no official officials of the country were present.

“When the diplomatic relationship is cut, the instruction is that you have no contact with the Government. We cannot have official contacts. “I do everything through the protocol department,” explained the ambassador, according to the newspaper. Time.

The Colombian ambassador to Israel, Margarita Manjarrez, offered details about the process of closing the diplomatic mission in Tel Aviv, after President Gustavo Petro’s announcement to break bilateral relations – Foreign Ministry credit – Presidency

Regarding consular services, the Colombian Foreign Ministry assured that they will continue as they had been doing, thus ensuring continuity in the care of Colombian citizens in Israel and Palestine.

The deadline for closing the mission is June 30, as established by the Colombian authorities. In this way, Manjarrez pointed out that work is being done to meet this deadline and that, from then on, the consulate will continue to operate regularly.

Manjarrez, who had been in the diplomatic mission in Israel for four years, planned to return to the country in the coming months, regardless of the breakdown of relations between Colombia and Israel; However, his attention is now focused on properly closing the embassy and ensuring that all procedures are carried out in a correct and orderly manner.

During the demonstrations marking May 1, 2024, commemorating Workers’ Day, President Gustavo Petro addressed a series of issues ranging from labor issues to government reforms. However, among the topics addressed, he highlighted his statement on the situation in the Middle East, where he categorically announced the decision to end bilateral relations with Israel. This announcement was later supported by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

President Petro indicated that the determination is based on the conflict that has been taking place in the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023, and despite multiple calls for peace, the Middle Eastern country chose to continue at war.

Petro based the decision on the conflict in the Gaza Strip and denounced the presence of a genocidal government in Israel – credit Luisa Gonzalez/Reuters

He explained that this measure will be implemented due to “having a government, having a genocidal president.” In his words, “Today, all of humanity, in the streets, by the millions, agrees with us and we with it. “The times of genocide, of the extermination of an entire people before our eyes, before our passivity, cannot return.”

 
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