Arab League criticizes Mauritania's establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel
Regional-Mauritania, Politics, 10/28/1999
The Arab League on Wednesday criticized the government of Mauritania for its decision to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.
Arab League Secretary General Esmat Abdul Meguid has expressed his concern over the consequences of this measure and described the decision taken by the government of Mauritania to raise the level of the relations with Israel to the ambassadorial level as a step that comes at an improper time.
He added that he is trying to contact officials in Mauritania to ask about the background for this behavior and the dimensions of this step.
On the announcement made by Turkey to provide Israel with a share of the waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates, the AL secretary general expressed his hope that Turkey will reconsider this matter as well as its military cooperation as a whole with Israel, especially as the Arab states consider "Turkey as a neighborly, Muslim and friendly state," adding that the Arabs have all appreciation for Turkey and that its cooperation with Israel, which occupied the Arab lands, should not be at the expense of any Arab state.
He said the Arab League, which discusses the questions of the waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates and the Turkish-Israeli military cooperation as permanent items on its council's agenda, follows up on their developments, closely.
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