Israel has slammed what it describes as “a slap in the face by a friendly nation” after Colombia’s outgoing President Juan Manuel Santos announced on Wednesday a previously-taken decision to recognize “the State of Palestine، as Ynet said.” Santos’s successor، President Ivan Duque، took office on Tuesday and was informed a few days ago of the decision، which was detailed in an August 3 letter to the Palestinian representative in Colombia، the foreign ministry said. “This is a slap in the face by a friendly country، which goes against the close and quality relationship، especially between the states and the leaders،” said a statement released by the Israeli Embassy in Colombia. The Israeli Embassy in Bogota said it was “surprised and disappointed by the decision of the outgoing government to recognize Palestine as a state and the way in which it was done. Jerusalem expected from what the embassy described as a “friendly government to inform its friends in advance regarding a change in policy that is so critical to the alliance between them. We ask the Colombian government to reverse the decision made by the previous administration in its last days، which contravenes the close relations، extensive cooperation in vital areas and interests of both countries،” it said in a statement posted to its Twitter account. The decision came to light during a visit to Colombia by United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. She attended Duque’s inauguration on Tuesday and on Wednesday visited Venezuelan migrants in the northern border city of Cucuta. “Given possible omissions that could come to light about the way in which this decision was taken by the outgoing president، the government will cautiously examine its implications and will act according to international law،” new Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes said in a statement.