UAE bans Israelis from Berlin embassy

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14 September 2004 , BERLIN - Israeli reporters were banned from taking part in a tour of the newly opened United Arab Emirates embassy in the German capital, the Berlin Foreign Press Association said Tuesday. Some 30 reporters registered to visit the UAE embassy which is described by local media as looking like an oriental palace, said a spokesperson for the German Foreign Press Association (VAP). UAE diplomats said all those registered could attend except for two journalists who report for Israeli media,

14 September 2004

BERLIN - Israeli reporters were banned from taking part in a tour of the newly opened United Arab Emirates embassy in the German capital, the Berlin Foreign Press Association said Tuesday.

Some 30 reporters registered to visit the UAE embassy which is described by local media as looking like an oriental palace, said a spokesperson for the German Foreign Press Association (VAP).

UAE diplomats said all those registered could attend except for two journalists who report for Israeli media, the spokesperson said.

Given that Foreign Press Association statutes require equal treatment for all members, the VAP was forced to cancel the visit, said the spokesperson.

A UAE embassy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the ban.

"We live in a free world ... you have to leave this to us," said the official, adding that he was "very sorry" the visit had been cancelled.

DPA

Subject: German news

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