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Lula removes Brazil Ambassador to Israel amid diplomatic spat

May 29, 2024 at 6:47 pm

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a press conference at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on March 28, 2024 ]Mateus Bonomi/Anadolu Agency]

Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, removed his Ambassador to Israel from his post and sent him to serve as his Special Representative in Geneva amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries, the official gazette showed on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The removal of Frederico Meyer comes a few months after Lula called him back to Brazil. Meyer’s recall had followed Israeli Foreign Minister, Israel Katz, summoning Meyer to tell him Lula was persona non grata in the Middle Eastern country.

Israel’s move was related to Lula’s remarks likening Israel’s war on Gaza to the Holocaust.

Meyer had not returned to Israel since then.

He will now serve as Brazil’s Special Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva.

According to the official gazette, no replacement has been appointed to serve in Israel. Brazil’s Foreign Relations Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel has been fighting to eradicate Hama since a 7 October cross-border attack by in which some 1,200 people were killed and over 250 taken hostage, according to Israeli tallies. Nearly 130 hostages are believed to remain captive in Gaza.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

Gaza health authorities say more than 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war. Israel says it wants to root out the last major formations of Hamas fighters hunkered down in Rafah and rescue the hostages.

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