Aljazeera Reacts to FG’s Protest Over it’s Report on US Jerusalem Embassy Inauguration

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Aljazeera has retracted a news story it published which included Nigeria as one of the countries that attended the inauguration of US embassy in Jerusalem. 

Following the report, the Nigerian ambassador to Israel received a query for his alleged presence at the inauguration.

Aljazeera has retracted a news story it published which included Nigeria as one of the countries that attended the inauguration of US embassy in Jerusalem.

Following the report, the Nigerian ambassador to Israel received a query for his alleged presence at the inauguration.

According to the Cable, the Ambassador reacted stating that he was not at the event.

Most embassies are located in Tel-Aviv and the decision to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem, which was a symbolic move by the USA recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, has elicited a lot of criticism for American President Donald Trump.

Israel and Palestine have been locked in a debate over which country Jerusalem belongs to and other sovereign nations have taken the pacifist route by respecting the rights of the Palestinians over Jerusalem.

According to the Cable, an official from the Presidency, while speaking with journalists on the condition of anonymity, said that President Buhari, through the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has queried the ambassador, for reportedly attending the event.

“Based on that report (Al-Jazeera), the minister queried the ambassador to explain why he attended the event,” the official said.

“The ambassador has since replied that he was not at the event. It was on the strength of the ambassador’s response that the federal government wrote to Al Jazeera to retract its story.”

 

Here is a breakdown of the countries that attended the ceremony:

A: Albania, Angola, Austria

C: Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Czech Republic

D: Dominican Republic

E: El Salvador, Ethiopia

G: Georgia, Guatemala

H: Honduras, Hungary

K: Kenya

M: Myanmar, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

P: Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines

R: Romania, Rwanda

S: Serbia, South Sudan

T: Tanzania

U: Ukraine

V: Vietnam

Z: Zambia

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