S. Africa reinstates envoy to Israel
Coovadia ends seven-week hiatus over Gaza flotilla incident.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, AMIR MIZROCH
July 20, 2010 18:25
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The South African Foreign Ministry announced the reinstatement of its ambassador to Israel, Ismael Coovadia, following his withdrawal for seven weeks in protest of the May 31 Gaza flotilla incident, AFP reported Tuesday.The South African Embassy told The
Jerusalem Post last June that Coovadia was being
recalled to Pretoria so that the government could get a “better
understanding” of what happened off the coast
The South African Foreign Ministry
issued a statement saying that it supports an independent and
international investigation of the incident, even as it acknowledged
the IDF's own internal investigation.
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Deputy International Relations Minister of South Africa, Ebrahim
Ebrahim, explained the ambassador's recall. “This was done in order to
register the Government’s strongest possible
protest to the Israeli Government, for its unjustified military action
and resultant loss of life inflicted by The State
of Israel on a
flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian relief supplies to Gaza,” he
said in a statement.
“The recall of Ambassador Coovadia for consultations is a way of
protesting and a way of showing our strongest condemnation of the
attack. This recent Israel aggression of attacking the aid flotilla
severely impacts on finding a lasting solution to the problems of the
region,” Ebrahim told journalists in Pretoria.
In its statement announcing the return of its ambassador, the South African Foreign Ministry "continued
to call on the Israeli government to lift its blockade of Gaza, which is
causing untold suffering to thousands of innocent civilians."