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Newsline: US embassy holds minute’s silence for slain diplomats

The staff of the US Embassy in Athens on Friday observed a minute’s silence for members of the US Foreign Service killed by the now defunct Greek domestic terrorist group November 17. They did so on the occasion of Foreign Affairs Day, an annual commemoration of those who lost their lives serving the US overseas. The US Embassy held a moment of silence “to honor the memory and contributions of all members of the Foreign Service family, especially of our five Embassy colleagues killed serving our country: Richard Welch, George Tsantes, Nikolaos Veloutsos, William Nordeen and Ronald Stewart,” the embassy wrote on its Twitter account.



Newsline: Attempted attack rocks Ukrainian embassy in Athens

An attempt was made to attack the Ukrainian embassy in Athens, Greece, with Molotov cocktails, according to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. At night, an attempt was made to attack our embassy in Athens with Molotov cocktails. Probably radicals under the influence of Russia. No casualties reported,” he wrote on Twitter. At the same time, according to the minister, Ukraine has agreed with the Greeks on the interaction and round-the-clock protection of the Ukrainian diplomatic mission.


Newsline: Greek anarchist group vandalizes Israeli embassy in Athens

Members of an anarchist group in Greece vandalized the Israeli embassy in Athens using bottles of red paint. The group, Rubicon, filmed themselves committing the early-morning attack on Monday and posted the video online. The video shows the members of the group riding up to the embassy building on motorcycles and throwing the paint at it. The embassy may not have been as well-guarded as usual due to the Christmas holiday. The building is located at a busy intersection, according to local reports.


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.


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.


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.


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.