MANAGUA, June 4 (Xinhua) -- The Nicaraguan government said on Friday that it has downgraded its diplomatic ties with Israel to a consular level in protest of Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza-bound international aid flotilla.
Nicaragua suspended the diplomatic ties Tuesday with Israel after the Israeli navy attacked a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 30 others.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos told a press conference that Nicaragua "complained with the Israeli government for not respecting the international law and constantly attacking the Palestinians."
The Palestinians and Israelis "have been constantly fighting for peace, understanding and the right to be a state," he said, urging the two sides "to solve their differences based on dialogue and a peace-seeking attitude."
Santos stressed the suspension of its ambassadorial ties with Israel "will be valid until the Jewish state stops aggressive acts against the Palestinians."
He also demanded a fast, impartial and transparent investigation into the raid on the "Freedom" flotilla in the Mediterranean international waters.