Meiron Reuven appointed UN ambassador

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 16, 2010 09:41

Report: Lieberman bypassing Netanyahu's approval.

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Hungary.

lieberman glasses 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has appointed Meiron Reuven, Israel's ambassador to Colombia, as the new ambassador to the UN on Thursday, Israel Radio reported.

Israel Radio reported that Lieberman is calling Reuven a replacement, so that the appointment will not have to be brought to the government for approval, and that Lieberman did not inform Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Protocol calls for the prime minister to appoint permanent ambassadors.

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This news comes after reports of tension between the prime minister and foreign minister, since Netanyahu allowed Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davotoglu without notifying Lieberman.

Reuven will leave for New York in three weeks, and will begin his new role on September 1, Israel Radio reported. He has previously served as ambassador to Bolivia and Paraguay.

Reuven is replacing Gavriella Shalev, who left her post in New York to serve as head of Ono Academic College's academic board next school year.


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