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Archive for October 5, 2018

Newsline: U.S. Pulls Out of Vienna Treaty Following Palestinian Complaint Over Embassy Move

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington was withdraw from the optional protocol of the Vienna Convention. The decision to withdraw from the optional protocol follows a complaint brought by the Palestinians in September, which challenged Washington’s decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Vienna Convention is an international treaty setting out diplomatic relations between states. It is often cited as a means to provide diplomatic immunity. Washington was also terminating a treaty of amity with Tehran, after the International Court ordered the United States to ensure that sanctions against Iran, due to be tightened next month, did not affect humanitarian aid or civil aviation. The ICJ, based in The Hague, in the Netherlands, is the United Nations’ venue for resolving disputes between nations. U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said that the United States is taking steps to avoid exposure to binding decisions by the International Court of Justice, as he accused the UN court of being “politicized and ineffective.” There have been mounting concerns among U.S. allies about the Trump administration’s commitment to multilateralism.

https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/u-s-pulls-out-of-vienna-treaty-following-palestinian-complaint-1.6529650

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Newsline: Saudi critic ‘missing’ after embassy visit in Turkey

Turkey’s foreign ministry has summoned Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Ankara after the disappearance of a Saudi journalist. Jamal Khashoggi, 52, visited the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday to get paperwork to get married next week but never came out, his fiancée, Hatice, told the Associated Press agency. The Saudi writer was known for criticising the kingdom’s crown prince in columns for the Washington Post. “He went in, and as far as I know, he didn’t come out. And if he did exit, we have no news of him,” she said. “Something has happened to him and we don’t know what and how it has happened,” she added, declining to give her last name for fear of retribution. Turan Kislakci, Khashoggi’s friend and head of Turkish Arab Journalists Association spoke to the AP on Thursday. “We stated that we would be following up this issue, we are following it up. We will be chasing until Jamal walks out,” he said. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Washington Post’s international opinions editor, Eli Lopez, confirmed that he had been “unable to reach Jamal today and we are very concerned about where he may be”.

https://www.euronews.com/2018/10/03/saudi-critic-khashoggi-missing-after-embassy-visit-in-turkey