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Israel Expresses 'disappointment' With Suriname

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) - Israel's ambassador to Suriname says he has expressed his country's disappointment over the South American nation's decision to recognize a Palestinian state.

Amiram Magid is the non-resident Israeli ambassador to Suriname. He said Wednesday that he had a "frank and candid" meeting with Surinamese Foreign Minister Winston Lackin on the issue.

Magid says the recognition of a Palestinian state with borders predating the Six-Day War of 1967 is counterproductive to Mideast peace efforts.

Suriname recently joined a number of South American nations in recognizing Palestinian statehood. Others include Brazil and Argentina. Palestinian leaders have been lobbying for the recognition.