Mauritania withdraws envoy to Israel over Gaza

Protesters took to the streets of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott last week to demand that the Islamic country sever diplomatic ties with Israel after the Jewish state launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Mauritania withdraws envoy to Israel over Gaza
Mauritania, one of only three Arab League countries that have "full diplomatic ties with Israel despite ongoing Palestinian occupation, has withdrawn its ambassador in Israel in protest over the Gaza offensive, a foreign ministry source said Monday.

Protesters took to the streets of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott last week to demand that the Islamic country sever diplomatic ties with Israel after the Jewish state launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

"We have recalled our ambassador in Tel Aviv," said a Foreign Ministry source who declined to be named, adding that the diplomat was on his way home.

Another source close to Mauritania's ruling military junta said Mauritania condemned the Israeli military action.

"Our position as regards cutting diplomatic ties with Israel will depend on how things move on the ground, on the military situation, and on the possibility of appeasement in the Gaza Strip," he said.

The ambassador, Ahmed Ould Teguedi, has held his post since Mauritania opened relations with Israel in 1999.

Protests against the latest Israeli attacks in Gaza, which have killed more than 550 people, have broken out across the world, while diplomats have called for a ceasefire.


Reuters
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