Canada on Tuesday said forensic tests showed the Canadian passports used by two suspected Israeli agents in a botched assassination attempt were forgeries.
Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy said the passports were probably made in the Middle East - definitely not at Canada's passport printing facility.
Two men carrying the forged passports attacked Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal on September 25 in Jordan, reportedly trying to inject him with poison.
The latest development in the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Israel and Canada following last month's botched assassination attempt.
Canada's foreign minister on Tuesday utterly refuted the suggestion that the passports carried by the suspected Mossad agents originated in Canada.
"After the forensic examinations it's very clear that the passports that were used were total counterfeits and manufactures. They were in no way made by the Canadian printer that does our passports. In other words they were totally put together locally, in that region. So any suggestions that have been made, and I've seen a lot of them made, that somehow the passports were transferred, that there were agreements between Canada and Israel is absolute junk nonsense."
SUPER CAPTION: Lloyd Axworthy, Canadian Foreign Minister
Canada recalled its ambassador to Israel in the wake of the incident.
Axworthy said the ambassador would not return until Israel promised to stop using Canadian passports in its covert operations.
There was more condemnation of the attack in Jordan on Tuesday.
Khalid Mashaal, the Hamas leader who was the target of the botched assassination, expressed anger at the release of the two men involved in the operation.
The men were returned to Israel on Monday as part of a prisoner swap of Palestinians.
"There's no doubt that our position from handing over the Mossad agents has left us upset and shocked. What is expected and wanted is to punish the killers who practise terrorism in a safe country like Jordan. They should be punished after they've been interrogated and tried and sentenced. What we fear is that this handover will tempt the Zionist enemy (Israel) to repeat such an act in the future."
SUPER CAPTION: Khalid Mashaal, Hamas Leader
Accusing Israel of terrorist activity, Mashaal vowed that his group would continue to fight the Jewish state.