Lula's Diplomatic Shuffle: A New Role in Geneva Amid Israel Tensions

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has reassigned his ambassador to Israel, Frederico Meyer, as a special representative in Geneva in light of recent diplomatic tensions between Brazil and Israel. The reassignment follows controversial remarks by Lula comparing Israel's actions in Gaza to the Holocaust, leading to a diplomatic fallout.

Reuters | Brasilia | Updated: 29-05-2024 22:38 IST | Created: 29-05-2024 22:38 IST
Lula's Diplomatic Shuffle: A New Role in Geneva Amid Israel Tensions
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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva removed his ambassador to Israel from his post and sent him to serve as his special representative in Geneva amid a diplomatic spat between the two countries, the official gazette showed on Wednesday. The removal of Frederico Meyer comes a few months after Lula called him back to Brazil. Meyer's recall had followed Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz summoning Meyer to tell him Lula was persona non grata in the Middle Eastern country.

Israel's move was related to Lula's remarks likening Israel's war on Gaza to the Holocaust. Meyer had not returned to Israel since then.

He will now serve as Brazil's special representative to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. According to the official gazette, no replacement has been appointed to serve in Israel. Brazil's foreign relations ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel has been fighting to eradicate Hamas, which rules Gaza, since an Oct. 7 cross-border attack by militants in which some 1,200 people were killed and over 250 taken hostage, according to Israeli tallies. Nearly 130 hostages are believed to remain captive in Gaza. Gaza health authorities say more than 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war. Israel says it wants to root out the last major formations of Hamas fighters hunkered down in Rafah and rescue the hostages.

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