RAMALLAH, December 23 (JMCC) - Bolivia on Wednesday announced its official recognition of a sovereign Palestinian state. The country follows the lead of Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in Latin America. President Evo Morales told reporters that he made Bolivia's recognition official Wednesday in a letter to Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas.
Morales said at a press conference that he recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state... as have other countries like Brazil.
Bolivia broke off relations with Israel in January 2009, after a heavy Israeli military offensive in Gaza.
Since then, during this entire time, we have been listening and learning about the grave problems faced by the Palestinian people he said.
Bolivia could not continue with its arms crossed, waiting and watching, in the face of problems over human rights problems and territorial issues and sovereignty that Palestine confronts, the leftist Bolivian leader said.
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