After more than 10 years, a delegation from the Israeli Foreign Ministry has traveled to Bolivia following a decision by the South American nation to resume diplomatic ties with the Jewish State.
After more than a decade: A delegation from Israel's Foreign Ministry visits #Bolivia, after the country decision to resume ties with Israel. The delegations discusses with gov officials cooperation in various fields, trade and promotion of tourism relations between countries pic.twitter.com/eWxm4QLhW0
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The two delegations discussed cooperation in various fields, including trade and promotion of mutual tourism between the two countries, according to Hebrew-language journalist Amichai Stein, reporting for Israel’s Kann public broadcasting news network.
The visit by the Israeli delegation to the capital city of La Paz was the first diplomatic meeting between the two nations since 2009. Relations were restored this past November 28, a few weeks after former President Evo Morales resigned his post and fled.
It was under Morales that Bolivia severed ties with Israel more than a decade ago. Morales had called the Jewish State a “terrorist state” and in the past vowed to take Israel to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, claiming the IDF committed alleged war crimes in Gaza.
This week Israel’s delegation members met with the new interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez as well as the country’s foreign minister, among other officials.
“Restoring relations with Bolivia will help strengthen Israel’s foreign relations and its global status,” said Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz, who praised the visit.