Chilean President Gabriel Boric announced that his country will open an embassy in the Palestinian territories, becoming one of the rare Andean countries with the highest level of diplomatic representation in Palestine.

Chile’s Foreign Minister Antonia Urrecola confirmed the plan on Thursday, but said there was no timeline yet and that Chile continued to recognize both Palestine and Israel as legitimate states.

Leftist Boric, who has repeatedly voiced support for the Palestinian people’s demand for an independent state, made the comments at a private ceremony in Santiago hosted by the city’s important Palestinian diaspora.

“I’m taking the risk (by saying) that… we’re going to take our official representation in Palestine off the chargé d’affaires a.i.; now we are going to open an embassy,” Boric said, without specifying where the embassy would be located.

The Israeli Embassy in Chile did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Palestinian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent after business hours.

Palestinian territories include the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and dispute control of East Jerusalem. Israel occupied these areas during the Middle East war in 1967, and since then there have been regular clashes.

This year, the West Bank experienced one of the highest levels of violence in more than a decade, most of which centered around Nablus and the nearby city of Jenin, where at least 150 Palestinians and more than 20 Israelis were killed.

On Thursday, Israeli forces killed another Palestinian near the site of a fire, highlighting the ongoing violence in the occupied West Bank that will confront Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government.

Netanyahu has formed a coalition with religious and ultra-nationalist partners who oppose the creation of a Palestinian state and want to expand Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Chile’s Boric said the embassy should have given the Palestinians the representation they deserve and demanded “observance of international law.”

In September, Boric delayed receiving his credentials as Israel’s new ambassador to Chile after Israeli forces killed a Palestinian teenager. Israel criticized the decision, saying it “seriously” damaged bilateral relations.

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