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“Norway has broken diplomatic rules”, Morocco’s foreign minister claims. Fihri demands diplomats are questioned. Amidst allegations by Khalid Skah that Jonas Gahr Støre has been lying about who was behind the removal of his children from Morocco, come calls by Taieb Fassi Fihri, Morocco’s foreign minister, for interviews of Norwegian embassy diplomatic staff in Rabat. “Norway has broken diplomatic rules, ethical guidelines, and damaged the friendship between our two countries,” Fihri said at the end of today’s press conference.

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“Norway has broken diplomatic rules”, Morocco’s foreign minister claims

Published on Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010 at 22:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 4th February 2010 at 12:14.

Fihri demands diplomats are questioned.

Taieb Fassi Fihri
Taieb Fassi Fihri
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Denials

Amidst allegations by Khalid Skah that Jonas Gahr Støre has been lying about who was behind the removal of his children from Morocco, come calls by Taieb Fassi Fihri, Morocco’s foreign minister, for interviews of Norwegian embassy diplomatic staff in Rabat.

“Norway has broken diplomatic rules, ethical guidelines, and damaged the friendship between our two countries,” Fihri said at the end of today’s press conference.

Yet Støre continues to deny any official participation in the action carried out by two marine commandoes last summer.

Punishment

However, Fihri’s claim that the latest information shows embassy staff were partly involved, goes some way to supporting Skah’s belief that Støre and his staff were behind it.

This is something Støre also refutes.

“Norway didn’t clear, plan, or carry out the children’s departure from Morocco. It was their mother and those who assisted her. This means neither Norway, nor its official representatives have broken either Norwegian or international law from our point of view,” Støre tells NRK.

He goes on to say he understands both Moroccan authorities and Fihri find the matter difficult, but such incidents are often ambiguous.

Humble

Yesterday, Fihri demanded the diplomats should be brought to trial and punished; something which Støre discounted, saying this wasn’t something a humble Norwegian foreign minister could command.

Fihri remained critical, however.

“It’s completely improper that Norwegian diplomatic staff cannot be questioned about the matter. The truth must be told,” he said.




Published on Wednesday, 3rd February, 2010 at 22:35 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 4th February 2010 at 12:14.

This post has the following tags: taieb, fassi, fihri, khalid, skah, morocco, moroccan, foreign, minister, jonas, gahr, stoere, norway, norwegian, embassy, rabat.





  
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