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Newsline: Spanish ambassador to Israel reprimanded

Israeli Foreign Ministry summoned the Spanish ambassador to Israel for a reprimand. The reprimand was issued in response to Spain’s vote at the UN Human Rights Council in favor of an investigation into Israel’s response to the violent riots in Gaza last Monday. The Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Director-General for Europe Rodica Gordon delivered the reprimand to the Spanish ambassador. Gordon stated that that Spain’s vote “is contrary to the warm relations between the two countries as reflected on the Israeli side.” Earlier, the Slovenian and Croatian ambassadors received similar reprimands.



Newsline: Ghana embassy staff arrested in Madrid for counterfeiting

At the head of the organisation was a Ghanaian citizen, whom the agents had been following for years: “He has a history of fraud, forgery and drug trafficking”. Passports for 600 euros, residence permits for 300 and driving tests for 2,000. These were the fees of a criminal organization dedicated to falsifying documents, a network that was dismantled Wednesday after 46 people were arrested in 11 cities. According to El Confidencial, sources from the National Police, the body that has taken charge of the operation, the tentacles of the plot reached the Ghanaian embassy, where two of its workers were in charge of providing them with all kinds of documents.


Newsline: Spain to expel Venezuela’s ambassador as ‘persona non grata’

The Spanish government has declared Venezuela’s ambassador in Spain ‘persona non grata’ following an equivalent move by the Venezuelan government on Thursday, government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said on Friday. The Venezuelan ambassador must leave Spain within the next 72 hours according to diplomatic protocol, de Vigo said during a news conference following the weekly cabinet meeting. “The principle of reciprocity in diplomacy implies that we give the same treatment that they’ve given to the Spanish ambassador; declare them ‘persona non grata’ and give them 72 hours to leave the country,” he said. Venezuela said on Thursday it was expelling the Spanish ambassador from Caracas in response to Spanish “aggressions”. On Friday, the European Union condemned Venezuela for expelling the Spanish ambassador and called for the decision to be reversed and diplomatic relations to remain in place.


Newsline: Venezuela expels Spanish ambassador after EU sanctions

Venezuela has expelled the Spanish ambassador to Caracas, Jesús Silva Fernández, accusing him of interfering in its internal affairs. Spain has rejected the allegations and said it would reciprocate. The announcement comes after the European Union imposed a travel ban and froze the assets of seven senior Venezuelan officials. President Nicolás Maduro has accused Spain of pushing for the EU sanctions and plotting to oust him.


Newsline: Ousted Catalan leader Puigdemont ‘considering copying Assange and seeking embassy refuge’

Spain’s media are speculating “desperate” ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont may do a “Julian Assange” and try to seek refuge in a friendly embassy in Brussels. The Wikileaks founder has been holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for more than five years after successfully claiming diplomatic asylum once inside. Puigdemont, currently staying at a £61-a-night hotel in the Belgium capital, is facing the threat of arrest and extradition if as expected he snubs a court summons in Madrid to answer accusations of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. His Belgian lawyer Paul Bekeart has claimed he will not return to Spain, claiming he “prefers to observe and wait” after Puigdemont’s insistence he was unlikely to get a fair trial if he heads back to Barcelona without “guarantees.” Spanish media claimed the 54-year-old dad-of-two could seek safe haven in a sympathetic embassy in Belgium or elsewhere to avoid immediate incarceration if he is forced back to Madrid, financial ruin and a possible 30 year jail sentence if convicted of rebellion.


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: Libya seeks prompt return of Spanish embassy

Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj called for a prompt return of the Spanish Embassy in Libya to resume its mission. According to the prime minister’s media office, Serraj made the remarks during the accreditation of the new Spanish Ambassador to Libya Francisco de Miguel. “Serraj expressed hope that the Spanish embassy would resume its work in the capital Tripoli as soon as possible, stressing that the ambassador’s exercise of his duties in Tripoli will have a positive impact on the development of relations between Libya and Spain,” the media office said. Embassies of Netherlands, Hungary and South Korea in Libya returned to Tripoli last week after more than three years of closure due to deteriorating security conditions in the country. Most foreign embassies and missions left Tripoli in July 2014, following the outbreak of violent clashes between rival armed groups, which created the current political division in the country.