Monday, August 07, 2006


Israel withdraws Venezuela envoy

Mr Chavez was welcomed warmly in Iran last week
Israel is withdrawing its ambassador to Venezuela as a row grows between the two countries over the war in Lebanon.
At the weekend President Hugo Chavez recalled his envoy to Israel and described the Jewish state's campaign in Lebanon as a "new genocide".

On Monday Israel said it would be flying its ambassador back for "consultations".

The BBC correspondent in Caracas says the row marks an all-time low in relations between the two governments.

Mr Chavez has railed against Israel in interviews and statements in recent days, describing its offensive in Lebanon as "genocide".

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