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Newsline: South Korea warns Bangladesh of strained ties after court summons ambassador

South Korea has termed the summoning of its ambassador by a Dhaka court “regrettable and unacceptable”. In a strongly-worded statement, it warned the government that such act, if recurs in future, would “seriously damage” bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Korea. Judge Fazley Elahee Bhuiyan of a Dhaka district court on July 24 asked Ambassador Lee Yun-young to appear before him in person at 9am on Sep 10 to answer some queries related to a case. The ambassador took the issue to the foreign ministry.The envoy was made an accused in a case filed in September 2011 by Abdul Kader Faruk, Managing director of RN Spinning Mills Ltd, in East Rampura. Two top officials of Dayeung Industries Inc in South Korea were the main accused in the case. Faruk demanded $0.138 million from the Korean company. The court issued summons to the envoy on July 24 this year following a petition by the plaintiff. The embassy said the summons had been issued without presenting “any justifiable and reasonable grounds” and without “verifying its relevance”. It was also an “obvious violation” of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the statement added. It said his summons was “completely irrelevant” and was flawed in all aspects. The embassy conveyed its “firm and clear position” to the Bangladesh’s foreign ministry and requested necessary measures to address the issue for the sake of “future relationship” between Dhaka and Seoul.


Newsline: Many Asians unhappy with embassies in Qatar

A rapid increase in the number of foreign workers recruited from Asian countries, especially in the construction sector, ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup, has put the embassies of their countries here in a not-so-comfortable situation, with more pressure on consular services and a rise in workers’ complaints. A random survey conducted by The Peninsula among members of different Asian communities shows that very few are satisfied with the performance of their embassies. Most respondents were critical of what they said were poor consular services provided by the missions. A Nepalese worker complained about delays in consular services at the embassy. An Indian expatriate said the Indian embassy had a lot to do to address the problems of the rapidly growing Indian expatriate population in Qatar. Most Sri Lankans this daily spoke to were bitterly critical of their embassy, its staff and services. Several Bangladeshis contacted for comment also said that they were upset by the “poor” treatment they got at their embassy. The Philippine embassy came out with flying colours in the Peninsula survey. Asked whether the embassy would come to their aid if they were in trouble, all the respondents in the survey said yes.


Newsline: Fire at Russian embassy in Bangladesh

Fire broke out at the premises of Embassy of the Russian Federation in Bangladesh at the capital’s posh Gulshan area on Monday morning. No casualties were incurred. Fire service could not ascertain the cause of the fire, but police said it was caused from a short circuit. The fire broke out at the tin-shade garage building around 9am, Fire Service and Civil Defence headquarters Mobilising Officer Mohammad Ali said. Four fire fighting units from Baridhara and Tejgaon stations doused flames around 9:45am, he added. Damages could not be ascertained immediately.


Newsline: Bangladesh pardons 4 in Saudi embassy official murder

A Dhaka court revised the death sentence of four among the five convicted in the Saudi Arabia embassy official Khalaf Al Ali murder case. The convict on the run was acquitted while the death sentences of three others were revised to life sentences. The death sentence of one other was upheld. The High Court bench of Justice Md Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Kazi Md Ejarul Haque Akondo delivered the verdict on Monday morning. In December last year, a lower court sentenced Saiful Islam Mamun, Al Amin, Akbar Ali, Rafiqul Islam and absconding Selim Chowdhury to death. They were convicted of shooting dead Khalaf Al Ali, 45, a diplomatic official, in the Gulshan area on the night of March 5 last year. The High Court upheld the death sentence for Saiful Islam Mamun. Absconding Selim was acquitted while Al Amin, Akbar Ali and Rafiqul Islam were given life sentences. Disappointed with the verdict, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told Dhaka Tribune that the government will appeal against the verdict.


Newsline: Bangladeshi arrested over threat to Egyptian embassy

An activist of the student wing of Bangladesh’s largest Islamist party was arrested on Wednesday on the charges of threatening to blow up the Egyptian embassy here. Acting on a tip, the detective branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) arrested Shawkat Ali in central Dhaka, Xinhua reported.According to the police, the Egyptian embassy in Dhaka Tuesday received an SMS that demanded an end to “crackdown on the members of Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Egypt”. It threatened to blow up the embassy. Citing security concerns, the authorities decided to shut the consular section of the Egyptian embassy for 11 days from Wednesday.


Newsline: Canada reopens embassy in Bangladesh after ‘security precaution’ led to one-day closure

Canada’s high commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, reopened its doors after a “security precaution” resulted in one-day closure of the embassy on Sunday, according to the Foreign Affairs Department. The Canadian mission was back in business one day after the United States announced it would close four more embassies — in addition to another 15 embassies and consulates that were shut down over the weekend.


Newsline: Western countries shut down embassies over ‘specific and significant’ al-Qaeda threats

The British, German, Dutch and French embassies in Yemen will be closed over ‘increased security concerns’, the European countries have announced. They blamed an ‘increased threat’ from al-Qaeda. France will close its embassy in Yemen for several days, while Germany and Britain will close theirs for two days on Sunday and Monday. Previously the French Foreign Ministry has said that the Embassy would only be shut on Sunday. Germany also warned its citizens from traveling to the country and that the situation there “is uncertain in the future”. The British embassy in Yemen will close temporarily after escalating violence and terrorist threats, the Foreign Office said Friday. While the Embassy will operate with an “essential staff,” all other British citizens were advised to leave Yemen. The British Foreign Office, which announced the Sana’a embassy would be closed from August 4 to 5, is in close contact with US officials. Meanwhile, US embassies will be closed in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Canada meanwhile has announced that its embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh would be closed on Sunday for the “safety and security of our personnel.” The Dutch embassy will also be closed on Sunday, according to Al Jazeera.