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Argentine ambassador to Haiti removed over comments referred to the Nazi Army

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On Argentina’s Army Day, Pedro Von Eyken tweeted his congratulations adding that ”as the son of a German officer of World War II, I salute the Army on its day.” On Argentina’s Army Day, Pedro Von Eyken tweeted his congratulations adding that ”as the son of a German officer of World War II, I salute the Army on its day.”

Argentina removed its ambassador to Haiti from his post over a tweet that angered Jewish groups earlier this month. On Argentina’s Army Day, 29 May, Day, Pedro Von Eyken tweeted: “Today is the Day of the Argentine Army, that of General José de San Martín and many others who gave it glory and honor.

 Created more than 200 years ago, it had many more illustrious moments than controversial ones. As the son of a German officer of World War II, I salute the Army on its day.”

The mention of Germany’s WWII army and comparison to Argentina’s drew ire that went viral on social media.

The Argentine Jewish umbrella group DAIA praised the government’s decision in a message Thursday to Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie.

The future of Von Eyken’s 35-year diplomatic career, during which he has represented Argentina in Germany, Cuba and Finland, is uncertain. He deactivated his Twitter account immediately following the scandal.

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