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Israel closes Mauritania embassy

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 7 marzo, 2009


07 March 2009

Israel has closed its embassy in the North African state of Mauritania at the request of the government.

The Israeli foreign ministry announcement came after reports that Mauritania had given Israeli embassy staff 48 hours to leave the country.

Mauritania had been one of only three members of the Arab League to have full diplomatic relations with Israel.

But it froze relations and recalled its ambassador to Israel in January in response to Israel’s offensive in Gaza.

The AFP news agency reports that the Israeli flag and security measures, including surveillance cameras, were taken down overnight.

The move comes just days before Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, is due to visit Mauritania.

He has been pressing for Mauritania to cut its ties with Israel.



Israel: Embassy in Mauritania Is Closed, as Requested

Tel Aviv Israel closed its embassy in Mauritania on Friday at Mauritania’s request, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Mauritania, an Arab and Muslim country in northwestern Africa, announced in January that it was freezing its diplomatic relations with Israel and closed its embassy in Tel Aviv. The immediate cause of tension was Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. But the military junta that took over Mauritania last summer is also said to have been growing closer to Iran and Libya, countries hostile to Israel, after being refused assistance by the West.




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