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Britain summons Israel envoy over passport row
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 1189 days ago | Thursday, 18th February , 2010 , 02:45 [am] | International
|.|| In addition “as the (British) prime minister has said, we need to ensure a full investigation is carried out into the fraudulent use of these passports,” he added.
No outright denial
Israel’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the use of the identities of foreign-born Israelis by a hit squad suspected of killing a Hamas militant in Dubai did not prove the Mossad spy
Britain has invited Israel’s ambassador to the Foreign Office to discuss the use of fake British passports by suspected killers of a top Hamas figure in Dubai, a spokesman said Wednesday.
“Given the links to Israel of a number the British nationals affected, there will be a meeting between the FCO Permanent Under Secretary and the Israeli ambassador tomorrow,” said the spokesman.
Speculation about who was behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh last month has centred on Israel’s Mossad intelligence services, which have used agents with fake foreign passports for such operations in the past.
Dubai’s police chief this week released the photos and names of the 11 European passport holders — six from Britain, three from Ireland, one from Germany and one from France — alleged to have been members of the hit squad.
“The defrauding of British passports is a very serious issue. The government will continue to take all the action that is necessary to protect British nationals from identity fraud,” said the British government spokesman.
He added that, as well as inviting the Israeli ambassador to discuss the issue, Britain is providing support to its nationals involved, thought to be mostly dual nationals living in Israel.
“The British embassy in Tel Aviv is contacting the affected British Nationals, and stands ready to provide them with the support that they need,” he said.
In addition “as the (British) prime minister has said, we need to ensure a full investigation is carried out into the fraudulent use of these passports,” he added.
No outright denial
Israel’s foreign minister said on Wednesday the use of the identities of foreign-born Israelis by a hit squad suspected of killing a Hamas militant in Dubai did not prove the Mossad spy agency assassinated him.
“There is no reason to think that it was the Israeli Mossad, and not some other intelligence service or country up to some mischief,” Avigdor Lieberman, asked about the operation and alleged passport subterfuge, told Army Radio.
But Lieberman did not deny outright Israeli involvement in the killing of Mabhouh, saying Israel has a “policy of ambiguity” on intelligence matters and there was no proof it was behind the assassination.alarabiya, Voice of a Nation