World October 16, 2023 | 2:51 pm

Colombian Foreign Minister urges the Israeli ambassador to leave the country

Bogota.- Colombian Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva has called on the Israeli ambassador, Gali Dagan, to leave the country amid a bilateral crisis resulting from President Gustavo Petro’s stance on the Hamas attacks and Israel’s response in Gaza.

Minister Leyva criticized the Israeli ambassador for his “senseless arrogance” toward President Petro and urged an apology or departure. The tensions escalated after President Petro threatened to suspend diplomatic relations with Israel in response to the interruption of Israeli security exports to Colombia due to what Israel described as Petro’s “hostile and anti-Semitic statements.”

Israel’s decision to halt security exports was a reaction to Petro’s strong support for the Palestinian cause and his failure to explicitly condemn the killing and kidnapping of Israeli civilians by Hamas.

The diplomatic crisis with Israel, a significant exporter of weapons and security systems to Colombia, has raised concerns in various sectors of Colombian society. Many have called for prudence and respect for diplomatic channels in managing international relations, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding the country’s interests.

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bernie sierra
October 16, 2023 4:21 pm

This is insulting to the world and the people of Colombia. Petro is nothing but a criminal.

October 16, 2023 7:19 pm
Reply to  bernie sierra

This is another instance when a man is cutting off his nose to spite his face. Colombia will be the big loser just because their President is anti Semitic and a very poor diplomat. Colombia deserve better !

October 16, 2023 7:44 pm

The anti-semite card is loosing its charm…

October 16, 2023 7:53 pm

Many Israeli solders and their intelligence units are and still helping Colombia against FARC and Guerrilla…

Fact not known to majority of Colombian people …
They are all experienced Merkazi le-Modiin ule-Tafkidim Meyuhadim operatives …

October 16, 2023 8:10 pm
Reply to  Fundador

FARC was disbanded in 2017…even the US State Department removed FARC from a terrorist list…

October 16, 2023 11:02 pm
Reply to  Alfredo

When was the last time time you were in Tumaco…?!
You’re shouldn’t belive everything media tells you,especially US department of state ……
Hope you know where Tumaco is …
FARC is still well and kicking ,come to Padilla ,Buga, Florida ,Cúcuta , they are all over,doctors ,lawyers and many other civil vital functions in country are members of FARC ….
Florida Colombia ,not USA

luis aquino
October 17, 2023 9:22 am
Reply to  Fundador

in your imagination

October 17, 2023 10:25 am
Reply to  luis aquino

are you another CNN expert ?!…:)))

Last edited 7 months ago by Fundador
October 17, 2023 7:48 pm

The decision by Colombia has been reversed…things have calmed down somewhat…

October 17, 2023 10:56 pm
Reply to  Alfredo

Not much in Nariño…todos pastusos se volvieron loco …