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Libya suspends foreign minister who met with Eli Cohen

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh announced that his country’s foreign minister, Najla El Mangoush, had been placed on administrative leave and would be investigated following her meeting with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.

Cohen issued a press release yesterday about the meeting, calling it “historic” and "the first step in the relationship between Israel and Libya."

News of the meeting reportedly led to protests against Israel in Libya and in support of the Palestinians.

The Libyan government attempted to downplay the significance of El Mangoush's meeting with Cohen, saying, "What happened in Rome was a chance and unofficial encounter, during a meeting with her Italian counterpart, which did not involve any discussion, agreement or consultation."

The ministry also declared its “complete and absolute rejection of normalization with the Zionist entity” and affirmed its “full commitment to the national constants on the issues of the Arab and Islamic nations, foremost of which is the Palestinian cause.”

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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