South African ambassador to return to Israel soon

08:24, July 21, 2010      

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South African Ambassador to Israel Ismail Coovadia who was recalled because of the Israeli attack on an aid flotilla off Gaza on May 31, will soon return to Tel Aviv, the South African government announced on Tuesday.

During the May assault South African radio journalist Gadijah Davids who was on one of the six Gaza aid vessels, was briefly detained by Israeli authorities. Nine people were killed in the attack.

On Tuesday Saul Molobi, spokesman for South Africa's department of international relations in Pretoria, said: " Following extensive discussions and consultations with Coovadia, the decision was taken by the government for (him) to return to Tel Aviv to resume his duties there."

Molobi added that a probe into the attack by an Israeli internal committee had been concluded. The committee admitted mistakes were made by the Israeli military. However, no further action was recommended.

He said South Africa reiterates its call that any investigation should be a prompt, impartial, credible and transparent, in line with United Nations recommendations.

The Israeli action had international ramifications and therefore it should be conducted by independent international investigators, he suggested.

Source: Xinhua


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