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Colombian president lands in Israel to open trade and innovation center

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Colombia's President Ivan Duque presents his national statement as part of the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021.
HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFPColombia's President Ivan Duque presents his national statement as part of the World Leaders' Summit of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021.

Ivan Duque will visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center as well as meet with Naftali Bennett

Colombian president Ivan Duque landed in Israel on Sunday, starting his three-day visit celebrating the opening of the Colombian trade and innovation office in Jerusalem. 

One of his first stops was Jerusalem's Old City, including a visit to the Western Wall. He wore a kippa and placed a note between the crevices, as is custom. According to a press release by the Western Wall, the president said that the visit "touched his heart."

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The second day of his trip, Duque will visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. Dani Dayan, the Yad Vashem Chairman, will accompany the president throughout his visit. 

They will tour the Holocaust History Museum, take part in a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children's Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guestbook, according to a press release by Yad Vashem. 

He will also meet with Naftali Bennett the same day, as well as President Isaac Herzog before opening the trade and innovation office in Jerusalem.

Duque posted on Twitter, "One of the most important reasons for our visit to Israel is that we have the opportunity to take our bilateral relations to their highest level, strengthening areas of cooperation in cybersecurity, agribusiness and technology."  

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Duque is accompanied by six ministers who will meet their Israeli counterparts - the ministers of health, agriculture, environment, transportation, trade and defense. The delegation also includes entrepreneurs and members of the Colombian Jewish community.