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Newsline: Greek government in spat with Spain’s ambassador over Catalonia

Greece called on Spain’s ambassador to Athens on Sunday to rescind statements to a Greek newspaper suggesting that Athens was not supportive of Spanish unity, revealing strains between the European Union partners over a Catalan independence drive. “It is with surprise that we note the comments made by the ambassador of friend and ally Spain, criticising publicly the Greek government,” the Greek Foreign Ministry said in a statement. EU leaders, wary of encouraging separatists across the bloc, have largely backed the Madrid government during a deepening political crisis which culminated last week in the Catalan parliament voting to unilaterally declare the region’s independence from Spain. The Spanish Ambassador to Greece, Enrique Viguera, was quoted in Sunday’s Eleftheros Typos newspaper as saying that while he had clear assurances of support for Spanish unity from Greece’s conservative opposition and from President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, the same was not true of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s left-wing government. On Saturday, Greece, through its government spokesman, said it fully supported Spain’s territorial integrity and cohesion as well as any initiative to restore democratic dialogue in the framework of Spain’s constitution. The Foreign Ministry accused the ambassador of “insulting Greece’s constitution” by suggesting that the country’s president did not speak for the government.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-greece-spain-diplomacy/greek-government-in-spat-with-spains-ambassador-over-catalonia-idUSKBN1CY0UP

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Newsline: Burglars break into Moroccan ambassador’s home, flee in his car in Athens

Police in Athens were on Monday seeking the intruders who broke into the home of the Moroccan ambassador to Greece in Palaio Psychico in the early hours of the morning. The perpetrators, who have not been identified, stole cash and valuables from the house before fleeing in the ambassador’s diplomatic car which had been parked outside. It was unclear if anyone had been in the property at the time of the breakin.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/222470/article/ekathimerini/news/burglars-break-into-moroccan-ambassadors-home-flee-in-his-car

Newsline: Greek Group Holds Sit-In at Spanish Embassy

Police say a Greek anarchist group is staging a sit-in protest at the Spanish embassy in Athens. In a posting on a left-wing website, the Rubicon group said Wednesday’s protest was held to protest the Spanish police crackdown on the Catalan independence referendum. The group added, however, that it does not support Catalan independence. The group has staged a series of brief, peaceful invasions at the offices of state institutions, political parties and private corporations to protest policies it disagrees with. Greek left-wing groups have expressed support for Catalonia’s independence drive, holding a peaceful protest at the Spanish embassy last week.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-10-11/the-latest-spanish-government-meets-on-catalonia-crisis

Newsline: Greek embassy takes on diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar

The Greek embassy in Doha will take on the diplomatic representation of Egypt in Qatar following Cairo’s decision to sever diplomatic ties with the Gulf state in the early hours of Monday, the Egyptian foreign ministry has announced. In a statement, the ministry said that Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri spoke to his Greek counterpart Nikos Kutzias, asking Greece to act as the representative of Egypt in Qatar and to attend to the interests of Egyptian nationals residing in Qatar, as the Egyptian embassy will be closed.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/270336/Egypt/Politics-/Greek-embassy-takes-on-diplomatic-representation-o.aspx

Newsline: Greek ambassador to Turkey summoned over Cyprus hiatus

The Greek Ambassador in Ankara, Kyriakos Loukakis, has been summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry following the Greek suspension of peace talks over Cyprus. The move came after the Greek Cypriot administration suspended negotiations over the divided island after Turkey sent a warship to monitor oil and gas exploration off the coast of Cyprus. Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades abandoned the talks with the Turkish Cypriot leadership Tuesday following reports that the Turkish corvette had been sent to monitor Greek Cypriot exploration. Anastasiades said the decision had been made after consulting with party leaders and the negotiator in the talks, Andreas Mavroyiannis. Turkey expects Greek Cypriots to quickly reverse a decision to halt reunification talks with Turkish Cypriots and resume their dialogue or risk harming peace prospects. Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras supported the decision to suspend the talks. Dervis Eroglu, the president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, was expected to meet with Anastasiades to move on to a new phase of negotiations on October 9.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/turkey/145801/greek-ambassador-to-turkey-summoned-over-cyprus-hiatus

Newsline: Greece evacuates embassy staff, foreign nationals from Libya

Greece safely evacuated embassy staff and more than one hundred Chinese and European nationals from Libya early on Friday with a navy frigate sailing back to the Greek port of Piraeus, its defence ministry said. Athens had sent a frigate and two other vessels to Libya to evacuate workers at its embassy in Tripoli on Thursday. Frigate Salamis with 77 Greeks, including embassy staff, 78 Chinese, 12 Cypriot, 10 British and seven Belgian nationals on board, was expected to reach Piraeus port early on Saturday, the defence ministry said. Greek passenger ships evacuated more than 10,000 foreigners, mainly Chinese workers, from Libya when fighting flared in 2011.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/uk-libya-security-greece-idUKKBN0G13G020140801

Newsline: Greek ambassador attacked in Albania

The Greek ambassador, Leonidas Rokanas has been attacked with eggs in the city of Fier. Therefore he stayed for almost an hour in the mayor’s offices to avoid any other incident. The police reacted after some people removed forcefully the Greek flag in “Europa Piazza” square. It was put there to celebrate of the national day of Greece, a few days before. Even though the police took care for everything to go as it was predicted, the Greek ambassador was egged.

http://english.albeu.com/news/news/greek-ambassador-attacked-in-fier/146278/