Iranian ambassador shows up for Zionist book launch

Monday, October 08, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Iran's ambassador to Chile made a surprise appearance last weekend at a ceremony in capital city of Santiago marking the release of a new book dealing with a local branch of the Zionist youth movement Hashomer Hatzair.

The event was coordinated by the Chilean Foreign Ministry and the Chilean Jewish community, which sent out invitations to foreign diplomats, apparently including the Iranian ambassador, reported Ynet.

Israeli Embassy attache Moshe Baker told the news portal he was shocked to see his Iranian counterpart at the event, and was certain he had arrived by mistake. However, after a short and amicable conversation between the two men, it was clear that Iranian Ambassador Kambiz Jalali had indeed intended to attend the book launch.

Baker said Jalali told him Tehran had forbidden its diplomats to converse with Israelis, but that he had no personal ill will against his hosts. The Iranian then listened respectfully and intently to the various presentations dealing with the rebirth of the Jewish state.

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