Israel tells Malawi to interfere in Middle East politics

Israel has told Malawi to confront Iran for allegedly sponsoring terrorists attacking the Jewish state, according to the Times of Israel.

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in Israel on Tuesday when he held a joint press conference with his counterpart, Malise Eisenhower Mkaka.

Ashkenazi also called on Malawi to publicly ban the Lebanese organization, Hezbollah, which is described by Israel, the United States and other Western countries as a terrorist organization.

Mkaka did not immediately respond to the issues raised by Ashkenazi during the press conference.

However, Ashkenazi welcomed Malawi’s decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem, making Malawi the first country in Africa and the third in the world after the United States and Guatemala.

Ashkenazi pledged his country’s assistance in Malawi’s development programs.

“We will help Malawi build a better future for the next generation,” he said.

Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, also welcomed Malawi’s decision to have a mission in Jerusalem.

“Thank you, Malawi, for acknowledging the historical truth that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish people and the state of Israel,” he said in a tweet.

Malawi, mostly a Christian country, has no embassy in Israel and the ambassador of Israel in Malawi is in Nairobi, Kenya.

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