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Mauritania: Anger at Foreign Minister's Support for Assad
Written by أحمد جدو · Translated by Ayesha Saldanha On 13 July 2012 @ 15:26 pm | 1 Comment
In Arabic, International Relations, Mauritania, Middle East & North Africa, Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Syria, Video, War & Conflict, Weblog
A speech that the Mauritanian foreign minister Hamadi Ould Hamadi  [fr] made at the latest Friends of Syria  conference has angered Mauritanian activists. In his speech at the conference, which took place in Paris on July 6 , the minister said that what was happening in Syria was “violence and counterviolence”.
This was considered by many to express support for Bashar Al Assad's regime, and tweets as well as angry, satirical videos circulated, criticising the minister and apologising to the Syrian people and the Syrian revolution.
It should be noted that this stance of the Mauritanian regime, in support of other regimes facing demands for their fall, is not new. The Mauritanian regime has previously supported the regime of Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo  and the deposed Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi , in addition to the regimes of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali  and Hosni Mubarak .
A number of rallies have already taken place in Mauritania demanding that the regime expel the Syrian ambassador from Nouakchott and cut diplomatic relations with Bashar Al Assad's regime.
The page Mauritanie Demain  made a satirical video  using the minister's speech, altering the original footage and distorting the minister's words. In it the minister says that the reason for Mauritania's support for the Syrian regime is that Iran paid Mauritanian president Brigadier General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz  to support Bashar Al Assad.
The Mauritanian activist Tah Ould Habib criticised the foreign minister's speech:
Activist Ahmed Abdallah commented in the same vein:
And Elghoutoub Ould Mohammed Moloud wrote:
In his turn, the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi commented:
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URLs in this post:
 Hamadi Ould Hamadi: http://www.ami.mr/fr/index.php?page=Membre_Gouvernement&id_membre=5
 Friends of Syria: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends_of_Syria_Group
 July 6: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/05/world/meast/syria-unrest/?hpt=hp_t2
 Laurent Gbagbo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Gbagbo
 Muammar Gaddafi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muammar_Gaddafi
 Zine El Abidine Ben Ali: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine_El_Abidine_Ben_Ali
 Hosni Mubarak: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosni_Mubarak
 Image: https://twitter.com/moctarmm/status/221425735427039235/photo/1
 Mauritanie Demain: https://www.facebook.com/mauritaniededemain
 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sVF0QyluNU4
 Brigadier General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohamed_Ould_Abdel_Aziz
 @tahabib: https://twitter.com/tahabib/status/221352971861114880
 @ahmedbah: https://twitter.com/ahmedbah/status/221481160809775106
 @Elghoutoub: https://twitter.com/Elghoutoub/status/221419223119966208
 @JKhashoggi: https://twitter.com/JKhashoggi/status/221246947388960769
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