French diplomat: Sarkozy to visit Israel to mend PM ties

November 11, 2011 19:00


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French President Nicolas Sarkozy will visit Jerusalem to assuage the diplomatic damage caused by a gaffe he recently made at the G-20 gathering, a Jewish French diplomat said on Thursday.

France’s former special envoy to the Middle East Valerie Valerie Hoffenberg said her ex-boss would visit “soon” to try to clear up the “misunderstanding of the Israeli concerning France’s position.”

Sarkozy was quoted as calling Netanyahu “a liar” in a conversation with US President Barack Obama at the G-20 summmit in Cannes earlier this month. The remark, which was made in private but overheard by the press, has created a full-scale diplomatic crisis involving the governments of three countries.

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