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Archive for April, 2017

Newsline: Israeli Embassy and Consular workers protest for better work conditions

Workers of Israeli consulates and embassies across the world are staging a slowdown in recent days to protest their employment terms, which they consider unfair when it comes to salary, benefits and overall treatment. The protesting workers are employed under a program established in the 1950s, which defines them as “locally employed staff.” The program, commonly called “AMI” in Hebrew, was originally dedicated to spouses of Israeli representatives sent abroad by the Foreign Ministry. It offered them a part-time job for a symbolic sum of money. The spouses were not considered government employees, but with this program, they could work at their Israeli mission as well and provide extra income to the household.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-diplomats-protest-for-better-work-conditions-489321

Newsline: North Korea envoy calls US efforts to rid nukes a ‘wild dream’

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador has said US efforts to get rid of his country’s nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are “a wild dream.” Kim In Ryong told The Associated Press that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are never part of “political bargains and economic deals.” “In a nutshell, DPRK have already declared not to attend any type of talks which would discuss its nuclear abandonment, nuclear disbandment,” he said, using the acronym for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Kim reiterated North Korea’s longstanding contention that its nuclear program “is the product of the United States hostile policy towards DPRK.” Kim “categorically rejected” yesterday’s UN Security Council meeting on the North Korean nuclear issue which his country declined to attend as “another abuse” of the council’s authority, acting on instructions of the United States which is a veto-wielding member. The United States holds the council presidency this month and organized the ministerial session that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chaired.

http://www.financialexpress.com/world-news/north-korea-official-calls-us-efforts-to-rid-nukes-a-wild-dream/646753/

Newsline: Seychelles opens embassy in Cuba

President Danny Faure opened the Seychelles’ embassy in Havana, Cuba as part of his official visit to the Caribbean nation, a statement from State House said. During the inaugural address, the Seychelles’ Foreign Secretary, Claude Morel said: “Our Havana-based embassy will also serve as a bridge between Seychelles and the numerous island nations of the Caribbean region.” Seychelles and Cuba established diplomatic relations in 1978.

http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/7180/Seychelles+President+opens+embassy+in+Cuba

Newsline: Iran summons Pakistan ambassador for terror attack on border guards

Iran summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over terrorist attack on Iranian border guards which claimed the lives of nine soldiers and injured two others. Iran’s protest on the terrorist attack was conveyed to Ambassador Asif Ali Khan Durrani, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Friday. ‘We strongly expect Pakistan government to adopt serious measures for arrest and punishment of terrorists,’ the ambassador was told. Meanwhile, the ambassador expressed sorrow over the terrorist incident and insured that he would convey Iran’s message to the Pakistani government. On Wednesday evening, nine Iranian border guards died during an ambush attack by terrorists. They were reportedly killed while patrolling in the city of Mirjaveh in Iran’s southeastern province of sistan-Baluchestan.

http://nation.com.pk/national/28-Apr-2017/iran-summoned-pakistan-ambassador-terror-attack-on-border-guards

Newsline: Theft at Norway embassy in New Delhi suspected to be inside job

Several teams of the Chanakyapuri police station have been working round-the-clock to nab a thief who allegedly made off with several items of jewellery from the room of an employee of the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Prima facie, police suspect it to be an inside job as there was no sign of forced entry. Confirming the incident, Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) B K Singh told The Indian Express that a case has been registered under Section 380 (theft) of the IPC at Chanakyapuri police station. The DCP also said that police are coordinating with senior officials of the embassy to probe the role of an insider. Police said the incident took place on April 24. The complainant left home after putting her jewellery in a small bag inside the top drawer of her cupboard. “She locked her room and left for work. She returned home by 4.45 pm. In the evening, she was getting dressed to go out again when she suddenly noticed that some of her jewellery was missing,” police sources said. “Police are questioning ground employees, drivers, security guards and others living in the area,” a police officer said.

New Delhi: At Norway embassy, thief makes off with staffer’s jewellery

Newsline: Ethiopia to Open Embassy in Rwanda

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn who is on a three-day state visit to Rwanda will open his country’s embassy in Rwanda. The news was announced by Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo. Ethiopia has been carrying out its diplomatic relations with Rwanda through its embassy in Uganda. Rwanda opened its first embassy in Ethiopia in 1978.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201704280754.html

Newsline: Former US ambassadors blast Trump over Canada

A pair of former American ambassadors to Canada have criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for his string of remarks about the northern neighbour, calling it counter-productive to seriously resolving trade issues. Barack Obama’s last envoy to Ottawa said the occasional disagreement is inevitable in a trade relationship worth C$841-billion annually – and it’s unhelpful to wail about it through the media. “Words matter. Words matter diplomatically. Words matter with leaders. And I think the words that have been used have been unfortunate, and have not been constructive,” Bruce Heyman told a panel in Detroit, organized Tuesday by the Council of the Great Lakes Region. By way of comparison, on Tuesday alone, Trump raised his complaints about Canada, twice, without being asked, in public remarks and in a tweet where he threatened reprisals over ultra-filtered milk regulations. “We will not stand for this,” Trump wrote. “Watch!” Both Heyman and another Democratic ex-diplomat warned this could lead to a tit-for-tat dynamic, where Canada responds, the U.S. counter-responds, things escalate and the countries settle scores instead of solving problems.

https://ipolitics.ca/2017/04/26/former-u-s-ambassadors-blast-trump-over-canada/