The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, on Wednesday called Israel a “terrorist state” and reversed a visa exemption agreement with the country, because of its offensive in Gaza.

“Sadly, the government of Israel does not respect international conventions, human rights,” Morales said at a cabinet meeting Wednesday. Morales said Israel would be categorized a “list 3” country, which designates it a terrorist state in Bolivia. Morales then declared that Bolivia would terminate a 40-year agreement on Israeli travel to the country.

“We have taken a firm decision to denounce the visa agreement with Israel from August 17, 1972, that was signed under a dictatorship regime in Bolivia and allowed Israeli citizens to entre Bolivia freely, without even an entry visa,” Morales said.

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Bolivia's President Evo Morales. Photo: REUTERS/David Mercado

The Bolivian government under Morales formally broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over Israeli strikes in the Gaza Strip, which Morales termed a “genocide.”