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Newsline: Canada’s Global Affairs won’t confirm if ambassador joined diplomat husband on Myanmar beach

After a Canadian diplomat deleted an “insensitive” tweet about a “perfect” beach in Myanmar, Global Affairs is refusing to confirm if his wife, Canada’s ambassador to Myanmar, had joined him on holiday in a country that is facing widespread international condemnation for a brutal ethnic cleansing campaign. “First day of 2018 unfolded on a Myanmar beach where the great surf is pleasingly turquoise coloured, warm, clean and clear — perfect for snorkelling to visit with nature and the fish,” Canada’s ambassador to Indonesia, Peter MacArthur, tweeted on the morning of Jan. 1 along with a trio of photos showing a deserted stretch of shoreline. CTV News London correspondent Daniele Hamamdjian captured a screengrab and retweeted those words and photos before MacArthur quickly deleted them at the urging of Global Affairs Canada. MacArthur had been on a private trip to the Southeast Asian country where his wife, Karen MacArthur, serves as Canada’s ambassador — a position that comes with additional hardship pay. Although Canadian officials have described the ongoing persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority as “ethnic cleansing,” there are no rules that bar diplomats from vacationing in the troubled country, where many large hotels and resorts are financially linked to its military. Myanmar’s military has been accused of being complicit in the longstanding humanitarian crisis. “The government of Canada takes the situation in Myanmar very seriously and is deeply concerned by the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity that are occurring there,” Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Brianne Maxwell said in an emailed statement to CTV News. “Ambassador MacArthur was advised to delete the Tweet in question.” Peter MacArthur has been working with the department since 1982 and has held positions in countries such as Russia, India and Japan. He has been Canada’s ambassador to Indonesia since 2016.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/global-affairs-won-t-confirm-if-ambassador-joined-diplomat-husband-on-myanmar-beach-1.3748654

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Newsline: Thousands of Indonesians rally at US Embassy over Jerusalem

About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Similar protests, mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, also were held in many other cities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country. The protests were the third and biggest in Indonesia since Trump’s decision on Thursday. In the capital, protesters carried banners reading “U.S. Embassy, Get Out from Al Quds,” ”Free Jerusalem and Palestinians” and “We are with the Palestinians.” Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. Wearing traditional Islamic white robes, the protesters also unfurled Indonesian and Palestinian flags.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thousands-indonesians-rally-us-embassy-jerusalem-51698662

Newsline: Top Indonesian general denied entry to US now welcome after embassy apology

A US diplomat apologised to Indonesia’s government after the country’s top general was prevented from travelling to Washington and said Monday the military commander is welcome in the US. Erin McKee, the deputy US ambassador to Indonesia, did not explain why General Gatot Nurmantyo was prevented from boarding a flight to the US but said the matter had been resolved. McKee met with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Monday morning and said she apologised. US Ambassador Joseph Donovan also offered an apology, according to a statement Sunday from the embassy. “We deeply regret the inconvenience that this incident caused and we apologise,” McKee told reporters. “There are absolutely no issues with his ability to travel to the United States. We welcome him. The embassy is working very hard to understand what happened.”

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2116555/top-indonesian-general-denied-entry-us-embarrassing-blunder-now

Newsline: Bali-bound Malaysians advised to contact embassy or consulate

Malaysians arriving in Bali for holiday or on business are advised to contact the office of the Malaysian Honorary Consul in Bali or the Malaysian Embassy here to inform of their whereabouts. Malaysian Ambassador in Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim said this would enable the consulate or embassy to contact them in case of an emergency in view of the current status of the Gunung Agung volcano in Bali. The Indonesian authorities have issued a warning of high alert on the possibility of the volcano erupting after 50 years of being dormant. Zahrain also suggested that Bali-bound Malaysian aircraft to make a public announcement for its Malaysian passengers to inform the consulate of their whereabouts upon arriving on the resort island. The local media today reported that more than 200,000 people have been evacuated to safer ground since the volcano began emitting thick smoke.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/30/bali-bound-malaysians-told-to-contact-embassy-consulate/

Newsline: Molotov cocktail thrown at Myanmar embassy in Jakarta

A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Myanmar embassy in central Jakarta early on Sunday (Sep 3) morning. According to local media reports, the bomb was thrown at the second floor of the building at about 2.35 am local time and started a fire on the back porch which was extinguished later by police personnel. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono confirmed the incident to local news portal Metrotvnews.com. “Yes, it did happen. (The bomb) was a small one,” he said. Central Jakarta police chief Suyudi Ario Seto said they found pieces of a broken beer bottle and a wick at the scene. Police also told local media that two to three people were involved in the crime and that they were in a Toyota Avanza car. The perpetrators are suspected to have stopped the car, thrown the bomb into the second floor of the embassy before driving off. No casualties have been reported so far. An investigation is currently underway and the police are examining on-site CCTV footage. The incident came after a group of activists held a protest on Saturday at the embassy calling on the Nobel Prize Committee to withdraw Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Prize.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/molotov-cocktail-thrown-at-myanmar-embassy-in-jakarta-9181844

Newsline: Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia could face charges

Norway’s former ambassador to Indonesia was stripped of his title late last year and recalled to Oslo, after he was found to have been involved in supplying foreign aid funds to one of three mistresses he had in Jakarta. He still works as a diplomat for the foreign ministry in a high position, newspaper VG reported this week, but could face criminal charges if the ministry had reported his activity to police. VG reported that Traavik entered into a “secret relationship” in the fall of 2013 with an Indonesian woman who already had received around NOK 1.5 million (USD 179,000) in Norwegian funding for various cultural projects through the embassy in Jakarta. She had applied in April 2013 for more Norwegian funding and her organization received NOK 550,000, through documents VG recovered from the ministry’s archive that were signed by Traavik in May 2013. The former Norwegian ambassador’s activity in Jakarta raises new questions about how Norway manages its billions of kroner set aside for foreign aid aimed at fighting poverty and spurring economic development.

http://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/06/20/scolded-ambassador-could-face-charges/

Newsline: Embassy Urges Indonesians to be Vigilant in Qatar

Indonesian Ambassador to Qatar Muhamad Basri Sidehabi has urged Indonesian diaspora in Qatar to keep calm, vigilant and continue to follow the latest development of security situation in the country. There is no need to overreact considering security condition in Qatar is still under control, an official of Indonesian Embassy in Doha Boy Dharmawan said. Sidehabi explained his decree over the severence of diplomatic relations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Yaman with Qatar, during a meeting with Indonesians in Al Khor Community, Alkhor city, around 60 km from the capital city, Doha. The visit to Al Khor was an effort from Indonesian Embassy to show Indonesians in Qatar that political and security situations in the country are running normally. “The ambassador will be the last person to leave Qatar. The political situation has been the same since 2014 so people don’t have to worry,” Sidehabi said.

https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/06/07/055882185/Embassy-Urges-Indonesians-to-be-Vigilant-in-Qatar