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Newsline: North Korea to open embassy in Spain

North Korea is expected to open an embassy in Spain, a media report said Thursday. According to a report by Radio Free Asia, Madrid’s foreign ministry recently gave North Korea the green light to set up a diplomatic mission there. The embassy will be set up at the Aravaca ward in the capital city, with Pyongyang already having signed a lease for the space, the Washington-based broadcaster said, citing local sources. North Korea established diplomatic relations with Spain in 2001.


Newsline: Spain summons US ambassador over spy reports

At a press conference in Brussels, Mariano Rajoy said that the Government of Spain has no record that Spain has been the subject of spying by the US National Security Agency so information will continue to be gathered from the ambassador on what may have taken place. The reports published on spying in the statements was an issue tackled by the Heads of State at the European Council, said Mariano Rajoy, who added that “our legal system, just like other international instruments, clearly regulates the right to privacy of communication for all citizens”. “Acts of espionage have no place in relations between partner countries and allies. Spain and the US are friends and allies, who wish to maintain bilateral relations that are as close as possible”, he said.


Newsline: Spanish FM summons ambassadors of Latvia, Lithuania

The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned on Tuesday the “Catalonia supporting” ambassadors of Latvia and Lithuania. Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo called Latvian ambassador to Spain Janis Echemanis and Lithuania’s ambassador to Spain Audra Plepyte on account of their supporting demands by Spain’s Catalonia region for independence. Margallo expressed Spain’s reactions against the issue, reminding of the Spanish constitution and the entrance rules to the European Union (EU). “No opinion to support Catalonia’s independence has been stated, the Spanish media has falsified the statements,” the governments of Latvia and Lithuania said in a written statement.


Newsline: Spanish FM summon senior US diplomat over espionage row

The Spanish Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned US Charge d’Affaires Luis G. Moreno and demanded “clarifications” for a report, carried by Der Spiegel, that Spain was a target of secret surveillance by the Nation Security Agency (NSA). During his meeting with the ministry’s deputy director for North American policy Luis Calvo, the US diplomat understood the “given reasons and concerns expressed” by Calvo, according to Spanish state TV station. Moreno promised to try to find obtain more information and provide them to the Spanish government. Moreno leads the US diplomatic mission in Spain since the end of the tenure of Ambassador Alan Solomont on June 13. On its English website, the German national daily newspaper reported that Spain is one of the US top spying targets, along with Germany, France, Italy and Japan. The report cited documents leaked by former CIA analyst Edward Snowden on the intelligence targets of the NSA.


Newsline: Spain’s ambassador given dressing down by Foreign Office over Gibraltar border checks

Spain’s ambassador to Britain was summoned to the Foreign Office today and rebuked for his county’s “wholly disproportionate” checks on vehicles entering Gibraltar. Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire demanded assurances there would be no repeat of last week’s checks, which saw thousands of motorists kept in line for seven hours in sweltering heat. The dressing down comes two days after Express Online revealed the British Government was asking Spain to investigate why trucks carrying concrete were prevented from entering Gibraltar by its border officials. Mr Swire said: “From July 26 to July 28, and again on July 30, there were long delays at the Gibraltar-Spain border of up to seven hours, as a result of wholly disproportionate checks introduced by the Spanish authorities on vehicles both leaving and entering Gibraltar. “The UK Government’s position is that these delays are unjustified, unacceptable and have no place at a border between EU partners.”


Newsline: Bolivian Ambassadors to Europe Return to Posts in August

Bolivian ambassadors to Spain, France and Italy will return to their posts next August 2. The ambassadors to Spain, Carmen Almendares; Italy, Antolin Ayaviri; and France Jean Paul Guevara, returned to La Paz after the mentioned countries banned the overflight and operations of Evo Morales aircraft on July 2, when he was returning from Moscow, Russia, where he attended the Forum of Gas Exporting Countries. The presidential aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Vienna, Austria, where it remained 15 hours before receiving permission to return flight to Bolivia. During that time, the Spanich ambassador to Austria, Alberto Carnero, insisted more than once in checking the presidential plane to be sure that there was not aboard the U.S. former agent Edward Snowden, wanted by Washington and exiled in Moscow.


Newsline: U.S., British embassies say citizens amongst injured in Spanish train disaster

U.S. and British citizens are amongst the people injured in the derailment of a train in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia, the U.S. and British embassies in Madrid said. “We are currently gathering information about the accident and are in touch with families of some injured American Citizens,” said U.S. Charge d’Affaires a.i. Luis G. Moreno in a written statement posted on the U.S. embassy website. A spokesman for the British embassy said he was aware of one British national being injured. He declined to give further details on the injured Briton’s condition.



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