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Archive for September 4, 2018

Newsline: Egypt Police Arrest Man with Homemade Bomb Near US Embassy

Police on Tuesday arrested a man carrying a crude explosive device near the heavily fortified U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt’s capital, according to security officials. They said the man, whom they did not identify, was intercepted outside the concrete blast barriers that encircle the U.S. and nearby British embassies in the leafy district of Garden City. The U.S. Embassy said in a tweet that it was “aware of a reported incident” near the embassy and advised American citizens to avoid the area.


Newsline: Russia’s top diplomat says he has no social media accounts

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov does not have social media accounts as he himself said, addressing students and lecturers at a Moscow State Institute of International Relations event marking the beginning of a new academic year on Monday. “I personally do not have social media accounts but I am told about what is going on there,” he said. At the same time, Lavrov stressed that diplomats could not do without social media. “Our ministry has been actively using social media in the past several years, we have accounts on major social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and VKontakte. There is a digital technologies division at our Information and Press Department,” he added.


Newsline: Inauguration of Greek Consulate in Izmir overshadowed by accusations

Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu on Tuesday participated in the inauguration ceremony of the renovated Consulate General of the Hellenic Republic in Izmir. Both parts highlighted the significance of the need for mutual understanding between the two neighbouring countries as well as the need for dialogue. Kotzias characterized the inauguration of the Kapetanaki building where the Consulate is housed as a happy event for Greek diplomacy and for him personally, especially since it was attended by Cavusoglu. On his behalf, the Turkish Foreign Minister said his country sees dialogue and cooperation as building blocks in its relations with Greece, the Consulate of which has been hosted since 1877. However, the good climate between the two officials was reversed when Cavusoglu seized the opportunity to criticize Athens over its stance on the issue of the eight Turkish servicemen who sought asylum in Greece after the failed coup of July 2016. As he said, his country “would never give permission to people that are considered by you [Greece] to be traitors to remain in Turkey, nor provide hospitality to aspiring terrorists and coup-plotters”.