Orange CEO is welcome to explain his remarks in Israel, Netanyahu says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry on Sunday to inform the CEO of French telecom giant Orange that any explanations of his remarks regarding the termination of his company’s activities in Israel should be made in Israel itself rather than at the Israeli embassy in Paris.

Stephane Richard, who heads the French telecommunications company, affirmed on Saturday that Orange plans to continue its business ties with Israel, back-pedaling comments he had made to the contrary a few days earlier.

“Let me make it very clear that the Orange Group is in Israel to stay,” Richard said in an email to AFP. “Orange does not support any form of boycott, in Israel or anywhere else in the world.”


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