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Strike at Israel's foreign ministry could hinder Pope Francis' visit

Published on Mar 7, 2014 6:42 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A strike at Israel's foreign ministry could make Pope Francis's first trip to the Holy Land, set for May, "impossible," an Israeli diplomat said on Friday.

"Imminent planned visits by foreign leaders, including (British Prime Minister) David Cameron next week or the Pope in May, will be complicated, and perhaps impossible" because of the strike which began Tuesday, Mr Yigal Palmor told AFP.

"The leaders could come as tourists, but diplomats will not take care of logistics, protocol or the political dimension of these visits," said Mr Palmor, who spoke as an employee and not in his capacity as ministry spokesman.

The Vatican said there were no plans to cancel the trip but confirmed the strike could result in "complications."

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