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Newsline: US Embassy in South Africa Allegedly Ordered Not to Assist Barack Obama Visit

Typically, former American leaders are assisted by local American embassies when traveling abroad. However, when Barack Obama went to South Africa, he found himself left out in the cold, provided only with basic security services. These claims come via The Citizen, a South African news portal. Usually, embassy staffers will be heavily involved when a former President visits because, out of office or not, it’s a great way to build relationships with the host nation. The Citizen is citing “well-placed sources,” claiming that the Embassy was ordered to stand down and to not provide Obama with any additional services. Obama visited South Africa earlier this week to honor the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth. The now-deceased leader played a vital role in ending segregation in South Africa. Currently, South Africa has no sitting Ambassador and reports indicate that many staffers have left. In all likelihood, the Embassy wouldn’t have been able to offer much assistance even if it wanted to. Still, the alleged slight by Trump appears to have been meant to send a message.

https://www.opslens.com/2018/07/20/trump-allegedly-ordered-south-african-embassy-not-to-assist-barack-obama-visit/

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Newsline: Ethiopia to reopen embassy in Eritrea

Ethiopia will also reopen its embassy in neighbouring Eritrea at a yet to be announced date, the country’s Minister for Government Communications Affairs, Ahmed Shide, said in a tweet. The Minister cited an official of the foreign affairs ministry as stating that aside the reopening of the embassy in Asmara, Ethiopia was also working to fully implement the terms of a recently signed pece deal between the two nations. Eritrea on Monday opened its embassy in Addis Ababa after the facility was closed down two decades ago when the two countries engaged in a border war that killed thousands. The reopening was witnessed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki.

http://www.africanews.com/2018/07/18/ethiopia-to-reopen-embassy-in-eritrean-capital-asmara/

Newsline: Dozens of defrauded Nigerians descend on their embassy in Moscow

More than 70 Nigerian citizens gathered at their country’s embassy in Moscow on Friday to complain that they were deceived into attending the World Cup on the promise that they could work while in Russia. The leader of a volunteer group told the magazine RBC that the first Nigerian tourists started reporting scammers as early as two weeks ago. They were reportedly sold “fan IDs” for $300 and round-trip tickets, and told they could earn money while in Moscow. When they arrived in the Russian capital, however, they learned that their documents don’t allow them to work, and the scammers quickly canceled their return tickets. On Thursday, a false rumor started spreading among the Nigerians in Moscow that Turkish Airlines had arranged a flight to take them home, but they were turned away at Sheremetyevo Airport, and police vans delivered them to the Nigerian embassy. More than 70 stranded tourists gathered at the embassy on Friday, and another several hundred are spread across the country.

https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/07/13/dozens-of-defrauded-nigerians-descend-on-their-embassy-in-moscow-desperate-to-return-home

Newsline: Eritrea to reopen embassy in Ethiopia’s capital on Sunday

Eritrea will reopen its embassy in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, on Sunday, Ethiopia’s state-affiliated broadcaster said on Friday, before a visit by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. Fana Broadcasting quoted government spokesman Ahmed Shide as saying the Eritrean Embassy would be operational on Sunday.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ethiopia-eritrea/eritrea-to-reopen-embassy-in-ethiopias-capital-on-sunday-state-affiliated-broadcaster-idUSKBN1K31L7

Newsline: China opens embassy after Burkina switches from Taiwan

China opened its new embassy in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Thursday after the Sahel state stunned Taiwan by switching diplomatic ties to Beijing. The official opening comprised the unveiling of a plaque in an upmarket hotel where the embassy is being housed temporarily while a new building for it is constructed. “Today is a historic day,” declared Vice Prime Minister Hu Chunhua, who led a major delegation to Ouagadougou to oversee the event. “As of today, the embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Burkina Faso is open,” Mr Hu said, describing the mission as the “driver of Chinese-Burkinabe friendship”.

http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/africa/China-opens-Burkina-embassy/4552902-4660072-jgkanr/index.html

Newsline: South Africa “holding back” ambassador to Israel

South Africa will not reinstate its ambassador to Israel that it withdrew on May 14 amid the heightened violence that resulted in the death of some 60 Gazans on the day the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem, officially recognizing the city as Israel’s capital despite tremendous resistance from Palestinians as well as internationally. “I’m very glad that I recalled the ambassador, because we could have not been in the situation that we are at now. It’s been a violation that has been going on for a long time, and we can’t be looking away,” International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says. South Africa’s foreign minister said the withdrawal was indefinite due to the situation in Gaza. Some 140 Palestinians have been killed since March 30, of which 50 have been identified as Hamas members. “We are holding back on our ambassador until we are certain that we are making headway. For us this is an unacceptable situation, completely unacceptable.” South Africa originally withdrew its ambassador in protests of what it called Israel’s “latest act of violent aggression” against civilians protesting peacefully in the Gaza Strip.

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/178994-180708-south-africa-holding-back-ambassador-to-israel

Newsline: Congo Embassy in Monrovia Entangled in Alleged Corruption Scandal

In what appears to be a huge conflict of interest and corruption, masterminded by diplomats in collusion with bankers, the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo is entangled in a suspicious transaction at the GN Bank in Monrovia. FrontPageAfrica has received a barrage of documents, which points to a bogus account that was allegedly opened by officials at the Congolese Embassy in Monrovia in order to divert funding intended for the diplomatic mission. DR Congo Embassy official did not call our reporter as he promised up to the publication of this article. It can be recalled that on October 10 and 31, 2016, the Liberia Bankers Association published a list of delinquent borrowers that owed her member banks thousands of dollars in Liberian and United States Dollars. The list also included the DRC Embassy near Monrovia as one of the debtors to Ecobank Liberia. Investigation continues.

https://frontpageafricaonline.com/news/liberia-congo-embassy-in-monrovia-entangled-in-alleged-corruption-scandal/