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Newsline: Calls to expel Iran diplomat from NZ after fiery anti-Israel speech

An Iranian diplomat has been accused of fuelling radicalism with a fiery, anti-Israel speech at an Auckland mosque. Jewish community leaders want Hormoz Ghahremani, first secretary of the Iranian Embassy, to be expelled after he appeared alongside speakers who denied the Holocaust and called for the “surgical removal” of Israel. In his speech, Ghahremani said Israel was trying to “deceive the world” by pretending to be an advocate of peace when in fact it was fuelling terrorism and extremism in the Middle East to divert attention from the Palestine issue. Members of the Jewish community say it’s outrageous that the representative of a foreign Government should make such comments. The speech was in June but has only just come to light. Juliet Moses, a spokeswoman for the Jewish Council, said the fact an Iran Government representative was making such inflammatory statements was concerning. Moses said she hoped the Government would investigate and take action against Ghahremani. “Expulsion might be an option.”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/98300391/iran-diplomat-under-fire-for-antiisrael-speech-in-auckland

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Newsline: Swiss embassy to represent Iran interests in Saudi Arabia

Switzerland is to represent Iranian interests in Saudi Arabia, following the 2016 break in diplomatic relations between the Gulf rivals, the Iranian foreign ministry announced. It said an accord has been signed for the opening of an Iranian interests section at the Swiss embassy in Riyadh. According to Iranian media, Switzerland, which already represents US interests in Iran, will also house a Saudi interests section at its Tehran embassy. Iran and Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations after Iranian protesters stormed Saudi missions in January 2016.

https://www.geo.tv/latest/164483-swiss-embassy-to-represent-iran-interests-in-saudi

Newsline: Iraq slams attack on Iran consulate in Erbil

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry in a Sat. statement has condemned a pre-planned attack on Iranian consulate in Erbil, holding authorities of the Kurdistan region responsible for endangering lives of the consulate staff. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq condemns the pre-planned attack on Iran’s consulate in Erbil and the disrespect to the flag of the neighboring country and the endangering of lives of the consulate staff,” Iraq’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Mahjoob said in a statement. The Iraqi foreign ministry also slammed attacks on other consulates and UN offices in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq holds authorities of the Kurdistan region fully responsible for the life and safety of the consulates’ staff,” the spokesman added. In a statement issued on Sunday, Iran’s consulate in Erbil condemned the Friday attack, reminding the KRG authorities of their duty to protect diplomatic sites and civilians.

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/128849/Iraq-slams-attack-on-Iran-consulate-in-Erbil

Newsline: UK police arrest assailants on Iran embassy

London police have arrested the two assailants of an organized group called ‘Restart’ who stormed the Iranian embassy in UK. The attackers had sprayed the symbol of the group on the embassy’s wall. Their timely arrest thanks to the coordination from the staff of Iranian embassy in London and the prompt presence of London police at the scene prevented the two attackers from dealing more damage to the embassy, which usually includes setting fire to buildings. One of the police officers at the scene noted that the assailants are under interrogation for determining their motives and other possible members of the group operating in UK, and stressed the resolve of the UK police force for guaranteeing security of foreign embassies. The police may open a separate judicial case against the members of the group and possibly their leader in the US.

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/128724/UK-police-arrest-assailants-on-Iran-embassy

Newsline: Qatari ambassador resumes mission in Iran after 20-month hiatus

Qatar’s ambassador to Iran has officially resumed his diplomatic mission in the Islamic republic on Saturday, Tasnim news agency reported. Qatar’s ambassador to Iran Ali Bin Hamad al-Sulaiti returned to the Iranian capital Tehran on Friday after a 20-month hiatus. The Qatari Foreign Ministry said that it had decided to return its ambassador to Iran and expressed its aspiration to strengthen bilateral ties with Iran in all fields. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi welcomed Doha’s decision, saying that “the decision is a logical and positive move by Qatar.” Qatar has withdrawn its ambassador from Iran in January 2016, after Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran, accusing the latter of failing to protect its embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad against demonstrators who had ransacked them.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-08/26/c_136557609.htm

Newsline: Iran Says Ambassador to Remain in Kuwait Despite Row

Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran’s alleged links to a “spy and terror” cell. Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that Kuwait had ordered the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and 14 other diplomats, worsening an unusual public dispute between the two countries. “The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to be present in Kuwait and the embassy will be active at the ambassadorial level, and there is no problem in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Kuwait also told Iran’s cultural and military missions to shut down, following a court case that increased tensions between the Gulf Arab state and Tehran. Iran responded to the expulsions by filing a complaint with the Kuwaiti charge d’affaires. The expulsions were a rare move for Kuwait, which avoids conflict and has worked at keeping good relations with nearby countries and whose ruling emir is a regional diplomatic broker. Saudi Arabia, which severed ties with Tehran last year over attacks by Iranian demonstrators on its missions in the Islamic Republic, welcomed the move.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-24/iran-says-ambassador-to-remain-in-kuwait-despite-row

Newsline: Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Kuwait has ordered Iran to reduce its embassy staff and close down its technical offices in the Gulf Arab state following a court case which implicated “Iranian parties” of involvement in a spy cell, state news agency KUNA said on Thursday. Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men – one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti – of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called “Abdali cell” in 2015. In a case which stoked unusually severe tensions between the two OPEC members, Kuwait’s highest court changed some of the sentences last month. Iranian state television said Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry summoned Tehran’s ambassador and ordered the number of diplomats to be cut from 19 to four and the closure of the cultural and military missions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kuwait-iran-idUSKBN1A510U?il=0