Boric Apologizes to Israel for Ambassador Row
President Gabriel Boric has said that the Israeli ambassador in Chile, Gil Artzyeli, will receive diplomatic credentials and that “the impasse has been overcome”. The Foreign Ministry had previously delayed accrediting Artzyeli in response to the Israeli killing of a Palestinian child.
On September 15th, Israeli journalist Barak Ravid reported; “Crazy story in Chile: President Boric canceled the credentials ceremony for the new Israeli ambassador last minute after getting an update on a Palestinian teenager who was killed in the West Bank. The Israeli ambassador was already at the Presidential Palace & was told to leave”.
Boric has since apologized to the Israeli government and confirmed that the Israeli ambassador will receive their credentials; “the Foreign Ministry has issued a statement regarding this. What happened was a decision in response to events that occurred the night before, where a minor had been murdered. The presentation of diplomatic credentials has been rescheduled for September 30th.”
He continued, “from our point of view, it is an impasse that has been overcome with the declarations of both the Foreign Ministry and the counterpart state.”
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has accepted the apology, stating: “Chile’s interim Foreign Minister, Ximena Fuentes Torrijo, called the general director of Israel’s MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Alon Usphiz, and apologized for the fact that the designated ambassador of Israel in Chile, Gil Artzyeli, did not receive his credentials on Thursday (..) the acting minister emphasized that ties with Israel are important for Chile and that they are interested in maintaining them.”
By Kawsachun News
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