Envoy to Ireland called in for talks

Zion Evrony to have "frank discussion" with Dublin over Mabhouh hit [video].

February 18, 2010 13:23
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Israel’s ambassador to Ireland will to be at the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday afternoon for a discussion on the use of three fake Irish passports by the alleged assassins of Hamas military commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai last month, Irish radio channel RTÉ reported.

It was unclear whether Zion Evrony was summoned or invited for the talk. While RTÉ used the term “summoned,” IrishTimes.com used the more mellow term “called to a meeting.” In diplomatic parlance, summoning an ambassador implies a reprimand, while inviting an envoy in for a discussion signals looking for clarifications.

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Analysis: Long-term fall out with Britain from Dubai events unlikely

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's Morning Ireland, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin called the incident extremely serious, and said that it puts “security of Irish citizens at risk,” as the passports used had genuine numbers of Ireland residents.

A frank discussion will take place with Evrony, Martin said.

Also on Thursday afternoon, Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor was to meet the British Foreign Office to discuss suspicions that British passports were used in the assassination of Mabhouh.

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