Bolivia restores diplomatic ties with Israel
Foreign Minister Karen Longaric made the announcement on Thursday in a meeting with foreign reporters, without giving a date for the establishment or any other details.
He cut off relations with Israel in December 2008 after an Israeli offensive in Gaza in which hundreds of Palestinians were killed. He also classified Israel as a terrorist nation and cancelled an accord under which Israelis could visit Bolivia without a visa.
"It was a political measure that did not take into effect the collateral effects, such as economic and trade issues," said Longaric, adding that restoring these ties would be good for the Bolivian tourism industry.
Bolivia has recognised Palestinian statehood since the 1980s.
Israel's Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz welcomed the move, saying it would "contribute to Israel's foreign relations and its global standing".
"The departure of the hostile President Morales and his replacement with an administration friendly to Israel enabled the fruition of the move," Katz said in a statement.
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