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President apologises to Mexico for Netanyahu's tweet on US wall

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 2:00 AM
Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel.

JERUSALEM (AP):

Israel's president has apologised to Mexico for a tweet by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that appeared to endorse United States President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

A statement yesterday from President Reuven Rivlin's office says he told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto via a phone call that there had been a misunderstanding.

It says Pena Nieto said the tweet hurt Israel-Mexico ties.

Netanyahu tweeted on Saturday that Israel's barrier along its border with Egypt had stemmed a swell of African migrants.

He wrote: "President Trump is right. I built a wall along Israel's southern border. It stopped all illegal immigration. Great success. Great idea."

Netanyahu also said the tweet was meant to draw attention to the success of Israel's fence.

Mexico demanded an apology for the tweet.