Israel opens diplomatic mission in Gulf

Neither officials in the Foreign Ministry nor the Prime Minister’s Office would reveal Sunday the identity of the Persian Gulf country in which Israel opened a representation between 2010 and 2012.
Haaretz reported on Sunday that a Finance Ministry document to be presented to the cabinet indicates that 11 Israeli diplomatic missions were opened abroad during this period.
In addition to the unnamed Persian Gulf country, missions were opened in New Zealand, Ghana, Turkmenistan, Albania, a Caribbean nation, China, Germany and Russia.
Israel had in the past maintained interest sections in a number of Arab states with which it has no formal diplomatic ties – Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar and Oman among them – but they were all closed shortly after the September 2000 outbreak of the second intifada.
Diplomatic officials said last week in China that Israel planned to increase its representation in the Asian super- power by opening diplomatic missions there. The funding for these missions, one senior official said, would be provided by the closure of missions in less strategically important countries. The official gave neither a timeline nor any indication of which diplomatic representations would be closed.
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