Chilean President Gabriel Boric, whose country has the largest Palestinian population outside of the Middle East, has announced that he plans to open an embassy in Palestine, international media reported.
“I agree that words of good upbringing are not enough and one of the decisions we have taken as a government, I think we have not yet made it public… is that we will raise the level of our official representation in Palestine,” Boric said on Wednesday night, as per Quds News Network.
“We will open an embassy under our government,” the president said.
The president, who began his four-year term in March 2022, made the announcement at a Christmas ceremony in Santiago for Chile’s Palestinian community, estimated to be more than 300,000 people.
Chile already has a diplomatic representation in Ramallah, but not a full embassy.
“We cannot forget a community that is suffering from an illegal occupation, a community that is resisting, a community that is seeing its rights and dignity violated every day and that this is absolutely justified, that must be said in all its words,” the report quoted the Boric further saying at the event.
Boric is a left-wing lawmaker known for being sharply critical of ‘Israel’ and a supporter of boycotts of goods from illegal Israeli settlements.
Moreover, he once supported a drafted bill in Chile’s National Congress. The bill was proposing a boycott of Israeli goods from illegal settlements in occupied West and East Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.