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Newsline: Iraq’s mbassador in Portugal returns to Baghdad

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry has summoned their ambassador in Portugal to return to Baghdad in light of a recent diplomatic crisis that threatens relations between the two countries. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a statement that the ambassador was summoned in order to question him regarding “the incident involving his sons.” On Friday, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry informed Iraq that they were considering a series of diplomatic steps that could be taken after the ambassador’s twin 17-year-old sons attacked and beat a 15-year-old Portuguese teen, Ruben Cavaco. The incident occurred in the area of Ponte de Sor where the ambassador’s sons attend flight school. Portugal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva (pictured), said that the government was considering “in case it is proven, to remove immunity for the two.” In an interview with a local television station, the ambassador’s children claimed that they had only been defending themselves and they were ready to bear full responsibility for their actions.



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