SA to recall its ambassador to Israel

2010-06-03 15:22

South Africa will recall its ambassador to Israel following a

deadly attack on a vessel attempting to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

However, government had no intention of expelling the Israeli

ambassador to South Africa or of cutting diplomatic ties with that

community.

“The recall of ambassador Ishmael Coovadia is to show our strongest

condemnation of the attack. This recent Israel aggression of attacking the aid

flotilla severely impacts on finding a lasting solution to the problems of the

region,” Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told

journalists in Pretoria.

Nine people were killed during Monday’s raid in international

waters.

South Africa had already added its voice to the increasing

international condemnation of Israel’s actions and had since summoned the

Israeli ambassador to a meeting.

“The SA government also joins the international community in its

call for the siege of Gaza to be immediately lifted,” said Ebrahim, adding that

the siege had brought “untold hardships” to the ordinary people of Gaza.

“It has made their lives nightmarish.”

Ebrahim said that government welcomed the decision by Egypt to open

the Rafa border crossing between it and Palestinian-controlled Rafah.

 

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