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Vol 43 No 18

Published 13th September 2002


Mauritania

Saddam to Sharon

Arriving from Ethiopia as Africa Confidential went to press, the new Israeli Ambassador to Mauritania Ariel Kerem was summoned to present his credentials the day after landing in Nouakchott. During the 1991 Gulf War, Mauritania's Baathists backed Iraq so strongly that Mauritania was cited as a possible refuge for President Saddam Hussein's family.

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