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PM’s whirlwind visit focuses on ways that Israel can help rebuild South American country after 52 years of civil war. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Bogota Wednesday for a whirlwind three-hour visit, with Israel’s potential contribution to the Colombia post-conflict efforts expected to take front and center, Israeli officials said.Israel seeks to play a significant role in helping Colombia get back on its feet, half a decade after the Latin American country’s bloody civil war ended with a historic peace deal.Speaking to members of the Jewish community after his arrival, Netanyahu said this was his second visit to the country. He had been there once before, he recalled, during his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.Israel was “uniquely qualified” to assist the country in its post-conflict efforts, he said.“ Colombia is a special case, it’s an interesting case. It’s a country on the rise,” explained Foreign Ministry Director-General Yuval Rotem, who is joining Netanyahu on this week’s trip to Latin America.

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“Economically, they’re doing very well. Basically, they are embracing post-conflict, which means the country is gearing up to a social healing and economic reconstruction. Israel wants to have its own contribution to this process,” Rotem said.After his quick-fire visit to Bogota, which includes a meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos and the signing of bilateral agreements, Netanyahu will head to Mexico. On Monday, he arrived in Argentina for a two-day visit, becoming the first Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America.Read more…. v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v v