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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.



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.


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.


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.


Newsline: German Embassy in Athens Sprayed with AK-47 Bullets in Terror Attack

Gunmen have opened fire on the German embassy in Athens, in what the Greek government described as a terrorist attack aimed at damaging its image abroad. The steel gate of the diplomatic compound in Athens’ Halandri district was left riddled with bullets from two AK-47 assault rifles. Police said they found more than 60 bullet casings at the scene. No one was injured in the attack, which occurred just before dawn. Police, who cordoned off the area would not say whether ambassador Wolfgang Dold, a 55-year-old father-of-three, was at the premises when the shooting occurred. Dold thanked the Greek government for the police’s “swift response.” No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Six people were held for questioning but were later released without charge. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras telephoned German Chancellor Angela Merkel and both governments condemned the attack.


Newsline: Libyan embassy protestors arrested in Athens

Greek police have released 14 Libyans arrested on Monday at the Libyan embassy in Athens. Another 17 were reported as still detained. According to Nasser Hudidi, head of the Office of the Wounded at the embassy, there had been a protest inside the embassy with demonstrators demanding financial payments they have not received for more than three months. He added that the embassy had contacted the authorities in Tripoli which had promised payment soon. Protests outside the embassy have been going on for weeks, with increasing numbers of demonstrators blocking the entrance. Many of the protesters were arrested on leaving the embassy buildings.


Newsline: Embassy of Greece Denies 20 Nigerian Philosophers Visas

Greek Embassy in Abuja has denied visas to 20 Nigerian philosophers heading for the World Congress of Philosophers in Athens without refund of their fees, said President, Nigerian Philosophical Association, NPA, Professor Joseph Agbakoba. He said for over a month, the Greek Embassy had ceased processing of visa applications of members of the association intending to attend the 23rd World Congress of Philosophers scheduled to hold in Athens, Greece, in August. 20 members had registered and paid to attend the congress as well as made hotel reservations, adding that those affected had not been able to buy their tickets because of non-issuance of visas. He explained that several contacts with the Greek Embassy yielded no results, as embassy officials blamed the delay in visa issuance on relocation of the embassy to Abuja from Lagos. He said his group had written the embassy informing it of its members’ inability to buy their tickets without visas, adding that no less than 250,00 Euro had been paid for members’ participation in the congress.