|Israeli ambassador—no arms sales to Abkhazia|
|April 16, 2011|
TBILISI, Georgia—Israel's ambassador to Georgia says his country has no intention to supply weapons to Georgia's separatist province of Abkhazia.
Ambassador Yitzhak Gerberg made a statement Friday following a visit to Abkhazia earlier this week by representatives of an Israeli security firm.
Israel Ziv, the founder and owner of Global CST, a security consultancy, led a delegation of its executives to Abkhazia. They met with Abkhazian officials and discussed potential business ties.
Russia has recognized both Abkhazia and another Georgia's breakaway province of South Ossetia as independent states after routing Georgian troops in an August 2008 war, but only Venezuela, Nicaragua and the South Pacific island nation of Nauru have followed suite. The U.S., the EU and the rest of the world consider the provinces part of Georgia.
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