Venezuela has abolished entrance visas for Palestinians, the Palestinian ministry of foreign Affairs said on Wednesday.
“The Venezuelan authorities have issued a decision on Wednesday exempting Palestinian passport holders from entry visas,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement added that “the decision comes as part of an agreement signed between the Palestinian and Venezuelan authorities on 4 December, 2012,” pointing out that “the decision reflects the depth of relations between the two countries.”
Venezuela also raised Palestinian diplomatic representation to the level of an embassy earlier in May.
Diplomatic relations between Palestine and Venezuela began during the rule of Venezuela’s late President, Hugo Chavez in 2009.
Venezuela cut all diplomatic ties with Israel and expelled the Israeli ambassador and all diplomatic staff members from Caracas in the wake of the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip in 2008 and early 2009.