Palestinian Official Urges Qatar to Close Israeli Commercial Office
The top Palestinian official in Jerusalem, Faisal Husseini, said in Doha Friday that he would urge Qatar to close the Israeli commercial office in Doha.
"I am going to examine with Qatari leaders the possibility of closing the office. ... This issue will have an impact on the situation in Palestine," Husseini told AFP.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem el-Thani said recently that the country would study a possible closing of the Israeli office.
Oman, the only other Gulf Arab country with an Israeli trade post, announced October 12 that it was closing down the office in Muscat and shutting down Oman's office in Tel Aviv in light of the violence between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
Morocco and Tunisia also announced this month that they would close down their interests sections in Tel Aviv and Israeli offices in Rabat and Tunis.
The only three Arab countries with full diplomatic relations with Israel are Egypt, Jordan and Mauritania – DOHA (AFP)
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