France summons Israeli ambassador over settlements

By REUTERS
December 3, 2012 12:41

PARIS - France on Monday summoned Israel's envoy in Paris for a meeting but played down reports it could recall its ambassador to Israel in response to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building in occupied territories.

"The ambassador has been summoned in order to express our disapproval," foreign ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said. The Israeli embassy also confirmed the meeting.

A ministry official brushed off reports that France could recall its own envoy in Jerusalem and said Paris was looking at other ways of putting pressure on Netanyahu.


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