Bolivia renews diplomatic relations with Israel

Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric announced the renewal of diplomatic relations with Israel for the first time in a decade.

The Foreign Ministry held intensive talks recently with Bolivia in an effort to re-establish the ties between the two countries, which were officially severed on January 14, 2009, following Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s 2008 military campaign against Palestinian terror factions in the Gaza Strip.

The rekindled relations were made possible after Bolivian President Evo Morales, who was hostile towards Israel.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz welcomed the revival of the relations between the Jewish state and the South American country.

“This will strengthen Israel’s foreign relations and its position around the world,” said Katz. “The Foreign Ministry has been long working directly with the Bolivian administration to promote the renewal of relations and also with the help of the Brazilian president and Foreign Minister, with whom I have recently spoken on the issue at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.”

The departure of President Morales, who was hostile towards Israel, and his replacement by a government friendly to Israel allowed the process to materialise.”

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