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Lieberman no-show at US Embassy's 4th of July party
Foreign minister's absence from celebration at ambassador's residence may stem from strained relations with Obama Administration

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman chose not to take part in Thursday's Fourth of July celebration at the Herzliya home of US Ambassador James B. Cunningham, the Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported Sunday.


Foreign ministers usually make it a point to attend major events organized by embassies in Israel, and Lieberman has attended several independence day celebrations, including those held by the embassies of Kenya and Kazakhstan.


Lieberman's absence from the event marking the 234th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence may stem from his strained relations with the Obama Administration.


During his visit to New York about a month ago, the foreign minister met with Jewish politicians and Israeli diplomats, but did not hold talks with any Obama Administration official.


During his US trip Lieberman also visited Washington D.C., but unlike Defense Minister Ehud Barak, he did not meet US President Barack Obama.


Lieberman's absence from the Fourth of July event may have been a response to the fact that he was shunned by senior American officials during his visit.


Lieberman's office said, "The minister was on a tour of northern Israel and announced a few weeks ago that he would not be attending (the Fourth of July event)."


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