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Newsline: Peru recalls ambassador from Israel

Peru has recalled its ambassador from Israel, and Israeli officials are none too pleased with the move. An official document was released to communicate that sentiment: “[The nation of] Israel expresses its disappointment at this decision by a friendly country, with whom we have shared more than a half century of good relations.” Peru was not the only Latin American nation to withdraw their ambassador from Israel in recent days. Chile and El Salvador did as well, apparently prompted by Brazil’s earlier decision to do the same. The Jerusalem Press quotes Foreign Ministry representative Yigal Palmor as saying that the decision by Chile, Perú, and El Salvador to withdraw their diplomats “constitutes encouragement for Hamas, a group recognized as a terror organization by many countries around the world.”


Newsline: Peru, Colombia agree to share embassies in Ghana and Vietnam

The governments of Peru and Colombia have formally agreed to share embassy offices in Vietnam and Ghana, as part of ongoing efforts to promote integration in the Pacific Alliance bloc, which also includes Chile and Mexico. The agreement was signed by Peruvian Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and her Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin, on the sidelines of a Pacific Alliance meeting in Mexico City. The accord paves the way for Peruvian embassy representation at the Colombian embassy in Ghana, while Colombia will be allowed to use Peru’s embassy in Vietnam.


Newsline: Sacked maid takes on Peru embassy in Australia

A maid sacked by the Peruvian embassy in Canberra is facing possible deportation amid claims she was mistreated by her employer. The woman will be in breach of her visa conditions from Sunday. Maria Nelida Paz Mori has complained to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, but the embassy has described as baseless the allegations she has made. Ms Paz Mori, speaking through an interpreter, said she had been denied food, medical aid and had never been paid her superannuation contributions, which she said totalled tens of thousands of dollars. Ms Paz Mori, 65, who had worked at the embassy since 2007 and has poor literacy skills, said, when she complained, staff tried to get her to sign documents without reading them, then fired her without notice and threatened her with deportation. ”They said they cared for me and they didn’t want that [deportation] to happen so they tried to give me a cheque for almost $2500 and a plane ticket and $50 cash for the taxi,” she said. She said she had been unfairly accused of stealing from the embassy and had her integrity attacked. Peruvian embassy charge d’affaires Franklin Rojas rejected the allegations and stood by the accusation that Ms Mori had stolen from the embassy. Mr Rojas said no money was outstanding and her claim for more than $90,000 appeared to be wrongly based on Australian pay conditions and a promotion that was never granted. DFAT said it was aware of the situation but it would be inappropriate for the Australian government to comment.


Newsline: Chile’s ambassador to repatriate Peruvian killed in Kenyan attack

After a terrorist attack in Nairobi, Chilean Embassy mediates between Peru and Kenya to repatriate remains of slain Peruvian doctor. The Chilean embassy in Kenya has stepped in to help an Andean neighbor in the wake of the devastating terror attack in the East African nation. As Peru does not have diplomatic representation with Kenya, the Chilean government offered to take charge of the repatriation of the body of Juan Ortíz, a Peruvian doctor who died in the terrorist attack in the Westgate Mall which killed 67 and injured 175 this weekend. Ambassador Konrad Paulsen said Tuesday that helping this Peruvian family is Chile’s duty. Peru’s Foreign Ministry said in a press release that it valued “the generous offer of the Chilean Embassy in Nairobi” to be Peru’s intermediary in Kenya.


Newsline: Embassy in Mexico to aid Irish woman in drugs case

The Irish embassy in Mexico will be the main point of contact for a young Irish woman held by in Peru by police on suspicion of drug trafficking. Michaella McCollum Connolly (20), from Belfast, was arrested on Tuesday at Jorge Chávez International Airport in the Peruvian capital, Lima. She and a Scottish national, Melissa Reid (19), were trying to board a flight to Madrid in Spain, which was travelling on to Palma Mallorca. Peruvian police said the two were being questioned following the discovery of more than 11.5kg of cocaine – estimated to be worth about €1.7 million – in their luggage. Together with the consular team in Dublin, the Irish embassy in Mexico will provide support and diplomatic assistance to Ms McCollum Connolly and her family. A spokeswoman from the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed that officials from the embassy had been in contact with the photography student. She said staff of the British embassy in Peru had also been to visit her and would be providing assistance, particularly “on the ground”, as Ireland doesn’t have an embassy in the country. The most recent honorary consul for Ireland, Michael Russell, finished his term at the end of July. Two girls were charged for carrying half of the cocaine each and found guilty they would face a sentence of about seven years. The pair were likely to get parole after doing about a third of their term and would have to finish their sentence in their home countries, if at all. Under Peruvian law, the women can be held for up to 15 days without charge. The Department of Foreign Affairs said it could not comment on the specific circumstances because it was providing diplomatic assistance.


Newsline: Saudi Arabia set to open embassy in Peru

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will soon open an embassy in Lima, Peru’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. According to the ministry, the goal is to further strengthen bilateral relations and mutual ties between the two nations. Andina news agency reported that a delegation from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, headed by Ambassador Ahmed bin Hamad Al-Hamoud, is currently on a visit to the Andean country to discuss final details and plans for the upcoming opening. Earlier this year, Peru opened its own embassy in Riyadh, the royal capital of Saudi Arabia in March, appointing Eduardo Martinetti as its first ambassador to the Gulf Arab nation.


Newsline: Australian students wanted in Peru receiving embassy, ministerial support

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says he has met some of the six Australian students wanted overseas in relation to the death of a hotel doorman in Peru. The three young Sydney men and two men and woman from Melbourne have launched a social media campaign to clear their names after being nominated as prime suspects in the death of the doorman, who reportedly fell from the balcony of a Lima hotel in 2012. Mr Dreyfus would not confirm if there were moves to extradite the so-called “Peru Six”. However he did confirm that Australia has an extradition treaty with Peru. Mr Dreyfus said the group was continuing to receive assistance from the Australian embassy in Lima and Foreign Minister Bob Carr. “I did meet with three of the six young Australians who are involved in this matter in Peru and with some of their families last week,” Mr Dreyfus told reporters in Sydney on Sunday.