Israel has banned Tunisian Ambassador to the Palestine Lotfi Mellouli from returning to Ramallah and resuming his functions at the Tunisian Embassy there.
The prime minister’s office denounced yesterday the move by Israel.
“This provocative action occurs as a response to the visit of a high-level Tunisian delegation to the Gaza Strip to support the Palestinian people,” read an official statement from the prime minister’s office.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafik Abdessalem visited Gaza on November 17 where he denounced Israeli airstrikes and the destruction of a Tunisian primary school in the strip.
“This will not deter Tunisia from continuing its support to the Palestinian until they build their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,” continued the same statement.
According to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of the Arab world and Africa Abdallah Triki, the Tunisian ambassador was on his way to Ramallah from Jordan’s capital, Amman, when his entry was prevented.
“He is now in Amman in a hotel waiting for the Palestinian authorities to settle the situation and find a solution,” said Triki.
He added, “If the Palestinian authorities aren’t able to solve the problem, we will be obliged to bring our ambassador back to Tunisia.”