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South Africa Agrees with Palestinians To Reduce Engagement With Israel

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South Africa’s International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Friday that the ministers of her administration do no visit Israel in solidarity with the Palestinians. “We have agreed to slow down and curtail senior leadership contact with that regime until things begin to look better,” the minister was quoted as saying by local news agency SAPA.

 

“Our Palestinian friends have never asked us to disengage with Israel (through cutting diplomatic relations). They had asked us in formal meetings to not engage with the regime,” said the South African international relations minister in an economic conference in her country.

 

“Ministers of South Africa do not visit Israel currently,” she stressed. AFP news agency reported that Nkoana-Mashabane criticized Israel’s decision to build additional housing units in east Jerusalem.

According to her, the leading organization for the South African Jewish community, the Jewish Board of Deputies, “knows why our ministers are not going to Israel”. The minister noted that “the struggle of the people of Palestine is our struggle.” She added that South Africa had a Palestinian embassy, which was supported “100%”.

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4448419,00.html

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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