Service in istio mesh not able to communicate to external Confluent Kafka cluster

We a Confluent Kafka VPC that is accessible inside our kubernetes cluster. We have somes microservices inside the istio mesh that need to access to the Confluent Kafka cluster.

When we deploy a service in the cluster with istio disabled (without the sidecar) the connection works just fine, but when we enable istio we are getting an error " Cant connect to right Controller"" and it seems the service is not able to connect to kafka.

I think it might have something to do with istio network. Do anyone have any idea of what might be happening?

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We have the same problem, could you solve it?

Hello, we are experiencing the same issue between a service that needs to consume an external kafka topic. Can you share with us how did you sort it out?
Thanks in advance