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Israel irked by Danish parliament speaker

February 10, 2014

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is irked by a visit of the speaker of Danish parliament who is in the region and meeting Palestinian officials but not Israelis.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said the Danish speaker had insisted on visiting now, even though his Israeli counterpart had made it clear he wasn’t available due to prior commitments. “It’s not accepted practice between friendly countries like Israel and Denmark for an official to come and not visit,” he said.

Danish parliament speaker Mogens Lykketoft downplayed the incident during a visit to Ramallah on Monday where he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, calling it “a storm in a cup of water.”

He said he didn’t meet with Israeli officials because of scheduling. “We have tried hard to find a common time with the Israelis,” he said.

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