Orange CEO says 'sincerely regrets' Israel 'controversy'

June 6, 2015 12:10 PM

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Orange CEO says 'sincerely regrets' Israel 'controversy'

Stephane Richard denied that the company's decision to end its brand-licensing agreement with Partner, Israel's second largest mobile operator, "as soon as possible from a contractual point of view", in any way implied that Orange was seeking to withdraw from Israel.

But Richard touched off a firestorm of criticism on Wednesday when he told reporters in Cairo he was ready to "withdraw Orange brand from Israel".

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