Israel rejected our ambassador, claims New Zealand

A diplomatic row has flared between Israel and New Zealand after officials from the South Pacific nation said their new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he's also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority.

hidden September 08, 2014 12:13:13 IST
Israel rejected our ambassador, claims New Zealand

Wellington: A diplomatic row has flared between Israel and New Zealand after officials from the South Pacific nation said their new ambassador was rejected by Israel because he's also an envoy to the Palestinian Authority.

Israel rejected our ambassador claims New Zealand

New Zealand's PM John Key. Reuters

New Zealand officials say their ambassadors in Turkey have been responsible for covering several areas of the Middle East since 2008. But they say Israel has refused to accept their latest appointment to the post, Jonathan Curr, who was due to travel to Israel in the coming days to present his papers.

Israel's embassy in Wellington said in a statement on Monday that the matter is a "protocol principle" applicable to all ambassadors to Israel.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he was trying to gather more information on the issue.

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