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Archive for May 18, 2017

Newsline: Afghanistan Detained Two Pakistani Embassy Staffers

Pakistan on Thursday pulled out the Vienna Convention when two of its staffers in Kabul were detained for hours by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS). The two men were picked up by NDS from a stationery shop at a market. The staffers detained in Kabul were identified as Hassan Khanzada, visa assistant at the embassy, and Syed Munir Shah, staff driver. Pakistan accused Afghanistan of violating Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961). “It was emphasised that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement which the two countries envisaged for strengthening of bilateral ties,” Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office as saying. The embassy approached the Afghan foreign ministry and sought immediate release of the two staffers. Pakistan summoned Afghanistan’s deputy head of mission Zardasht Shams on Wednesday to lodge protest over the detention. Khanzada and Shah were finally released after three hours, it said, adding that it was unclear why the staffers were detained. The incident serves another blow to the already fraught ties between the two countries.

http://www.news18.com/news/world/two-embassy-staffers-detained-in-kabul-pakistan-invokes-vienna-convention-1405625.html

Newsline: Calls to get Turkish ambassador ‘the hell out’ the US

Sen. John McCain said the US should toss the Turkish ambassador “the hell out” after a demonstration outside the envoy’s home in Washington turned violent and several protesters were beaten bloody. “We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America,” the Arizona Republican told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. “This is the United States of America. This isn’t Turkey. This isn’t a third-world country. And this kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically.” The clash between the peaceful protesters and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s armed security guards took place after he appeared at the White House for his fist face-to-face meeting with President Trump. He said there should be repercussions against Turkey for allowing such a violent put-down of a peaceful demonstration and called for the attackers to be identified and criminally charged. The Turkish Embassy, in a statement on Wednesday, described the protest as “unpermitted” and “provocative.” Police in Washington broke up the melee, arrested two men and are pursuing charges against several others they are trying to identify with the help of the State Department and the Secret Service.

http://nypost.com/2017/05/18/mccain-turkish-ambassador-should-get-the-hell-out/