Brazil recalls ambassador to Israel amid Gaza war: Diplomatic source

AFP , Wednesday 29 May 2024

Brazil has recalled its ambassador to Israel and will not immediately appoint a replacement, a diplomatic source told AFP Wednesday, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries over Israel's war in Gaza.

Frederico Meyer with  Israel Katz
File Photo: Israel s Foreign Minister Israel Katz (L) speaks to reporters during his summons to Brazil s Ambassador in Israel Frederico Meyer (R) at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem on last February. AFP


Relations between Brazil and Israel have soured over the conflict, with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in February accusing the Israeli government of "genocide."

Israel reacted furiously, declaring the Brazilian leader "persona non grata."

Israel had previously summoned the South American country's ambassador Frederico Meyer to a meeting at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center in Jerusalem, which the Brazilian source said "was a humiliation to which (Meyer) was subjected."

In response, Brazil recalled Meyer for consultations and summoned Israel's representative in Brasilia.

The source said conditions had not been met for Meyer "to return" to Israel.

In the meantime, the Brazilian representation in Israel will be led by diplomat Fabio Farias.

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