Mauritania's ruler keeps the relation with Israel
Mauritania-Israel, Politics, 10/10/2005
The chairman of the military council for justice and democracy, ruling in Mauritania colonel Ala Weld Muhammad Faal stressed on Sunday his country's attempt to improve its relations with the Arab states, especially with the Gulf states, following the deterioration in these relations under the former regime which was supportive for Saddam Hussein before it fell on the American and Israeli laps.
Concerning relations with Israel, Faal said that changes occurring in the region make it imperative to adjust with regional and international inclination, stressing that confrontation is no longer existent. But he stressed that the relations with the Israel "will not be anyway, at the expense of the Palestinian people or their just cause." He said that his country does not intend to sever relations with Israel.
Faal, on the other hand, stressed that the government will not permit a license to founding Islamic parties, noting that Islam is Mauritania's religion, according to the constitution "and no party can monopolize it," adding to the "democratic alliance" ( al-Tadafur al-Demoqrati ) party which Islamists constitute its main power which had been seeking a license since a while.
Faal also vowed, in his first conference since he assumed authority after a coupe against Mu'aweya Weld al-Taye on August 3, to preserve his country's international obligations towards fighting terrorism, which included the USA training of Mauritania military forces. Nevertheless, he did not mention the USA in particular, however his words seemed to give assurances to Washington which was an alley to Weld al-Taye. Faal stressed Weld al-Taye's right to return back and take part in the political life of the country.
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