Israeli ambassador: Stronger ties between Czech Republic and Arab countries not an issue

Israel’s ambassador to Prague, Gary Koren, has said that Israel has no issue with the Czech Republic strengthening ties with countries in the Middle East such as Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia or Morocco, but made clear Israel was less than happy with a similar initiative to improve ties with Iran, the Czech News Agency reports. According to ČTK, Mr Koren said that for Israel, Iran represented a strategic challenge, if not a threat. The ambassador made the comments ahead of a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories by the Czech Republic’s Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek. The Czech Republic, like other countries, has sought to improve economic ties with Iran, even as western nations continue to press the country on the issue of its controversial nuclear programme. In the past, Prague has been a staunch supporter of Israel.

Author: Jan Velinger