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Archive for July 5, 2019

Newsline: U.S. Ambassador Injured in Cycling Accident in Greece

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt returned to Athens after an accident while cycling in Mani, southern Greece, on July 5. In a tweet, the ambassador thanked the Areopoli Health Center staff and for well-wishers. “A big thank you to Areopoli Health Center staff for excellent care I received after my recent cycling accident in Mani & thank you to all my Greek friends who called to say perastika. I’m unhappy it cut my trip short but look forward to returning to Athens on my road to recovery,” he said. (https://www.thenationalherald.com/252547/us-ambassador-injured-in-cycling-accident-in-mani/) According to information of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency in Patras, Pyatt was transferred from Areopoli to Athens in an ambulance accompanied by a doctor after injuries sustained on his legs. Well-wishers included Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos, who spoke to him by phone.

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Newsline: New Saudi ambassadors take up posts in Washington and London

Saudi Arabia’s new ambassadors to the United States and the United Kingdom have taken up their posts after several months’ vacancy amid tensions with Western allies over the Yemen war and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan, the Gulf kingdom’s first female ambassador, presented her credentials in Washington while her brother, Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, did so in London, state news agency SPA reported. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-diplomacy-usa-britain/new-saudi-ambassadors-take-up-posts-in-washington-and-london-idUSKCN1TZ0UF) They arrive at a fraught period in both bilateral relationships, with heightened criticism of Riyadh’s human rights record and calls to freeze arms sales amid a four-year-old war in Yemen where the Saudi-led coalition is fighting the Iran-aligned Houthis. Princess Reema was named in February to replace Prince Khalid bin Salman, who was heavily criticized for denying that Khashoggi had been killed last October inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before the authorities ultimately acknowledged the murder of the Washington Post columnist.