Diplomatic Briefing

Your exclusive news aggregator handpicked daily!

Archive for Switzerland

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

Advertisements

Newsline: Wife’s Tweet Rampage Costs Czech Republic’s Ambassador to Switzerland His Job

The Czech Republic’s ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Karel Boruvka, has been dismissed because of his wife’s activities on social networks, Lidovky.cz reported. Czechia’s ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein has been recalled to Prague thanks to the tweets of his outspoken wife, whose eagerness to share her thoughts on social networks has led to her husband’s dismissal. Karel Boruvka told Lidovky.cz that he was informed of the reason for his removal by Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek. Rather than serving in Bern until the end of his four-year term next summer, he has been ordered to return home by the end of the month. “Without any justification, I have been informed that I have to leave my post by April 30. From my personal communication with the (foreign) minister, I was accused of not being able to restrain my wife and her communications on social networks and that is the reason for my immediate dismissal,” Boruvka told Lidovky.cz. Foreign Ministry spokesman Michael Lagronov confirmed that Boruvka has been ordered to return to Prague. “The head of the embassy is stepping down, in accordance with the law on state service. This can be done at any time for any reason,” Lagronov said. Alena Boruvkova’s prolific tweeting got her husband fired in less than two days: she posted her first tweet on March 30. ​One of Boruvkova’s most explosive tweets accused a government minister of having an affair with another civil servant, Lidovky.cz reported. That tweet has since been deleted. She also criticized the Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary as an “idle babbler.” On Friday, Boruvkuva took to Twitter again to protest against her husband’s dismissal, in which she saw “clear sexual harassment.”

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201704011052186700-czech-ambassador-switzerland-tweets/

Newsline: Turkey summons Switzerland’s ambassador over rally in Bern

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss ambassador to Ankara over a protest in Bern targeting Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The protest had Kurdish groups among its organizers. The ambassador, Walter Haffner, was told that Turkey expects the Swiss authorities to bring the organizers of the protest to justice and to prevent such “incidents” in the future. “We are protesting this rally that explicitly promoted violence and terrorism and has been permitted, and we ask Switzerland to take immediate legal action against this offense,” the ministry said in a statement, as cited by the Turkey’s Hurriyet daily. The demonstration, which was held in central Bern, was attended by some 3,000-3,500 people, the Swiss media report, citing the event’s organizers. The protesters marched through the city center and then held a rally in front of the federal parliament building. They were chanting anti-Erdogan slogans and were holding numerous placards that read, “For Democracy in Turkey.”

https://www.rt.com/news/382382-turkey-switzerland-ambassador-rally/

Newsline: Iran protests Trump’s visa ban through Swiss ambassador

Iran summoned Switzerland’s ambassador, who represents Washington’s interests in Tehran, to protest President Donald Trump’s visa ban on Iranians, the foreign ministry said. Swiss ambassador Giulio Haas was “handed a letter of protest on the recent executive order by the US President and the imposed limitations and discriminatory behaviour against Iranian citizens travelling to America,” said spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. A senior diplomat told the ambassador that Trump’s order was “baseless, discriminatory and unacceptable”. Ghasemi said Iranian citizens have been victimized by “US-backed terror groups” for decades, and been law-abiding citizens wherever they have settled. Haas said he would communicate the protest promptly to the US State Department. With more than one million Iranians living in the US, Trump’s visa ban — which covers seven Muslim countries — has caused has chaos for students, businessmen and families.

http://www.thelocal.ch/20170130/iran-protests-trumps-visa-ban-through-swiss-ambassador

Newsline: US ambassador took oath of office on Kindle

US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Suzi LeVine took her oath not by placing her hand on the Constitution or the Bible, but on a Kindle. On May 30, Suzi LeVine was sworn in as the US ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. But instead of placing her hand on the Bible or the US Constitution as is customary, LeVine took the oath of office on an Amazon Kindle Touch. To be fair, the Kindle displayed the 19th amendment of the US Constitution while she took the oath, but it’s still the strangest swearing in we’ve come across.

http://www.cnet.com/news/this-us-ambassador-took-her-oath-of-office-on-a-kindle/

Newsline: Fiji opens embassy in Geneva

Fiji’s Embassy in Geneva is officially opened today by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. The newly established missions will handle international obligations under the United Nations which Fiji is a signatory to. Forein Affairs Permanent Secretary Amena Yauvoli says this is also in line with the government policy to enhance relationship and cooperation with other countries. ‘Initially right now the office is mandated to look at about more than thirty organizations based in Geneva apart from being accredited the confederation of Switzerland which is the host government ’ Nazhat Shameem, Fiji’s Permanent Representative is already in Geneva.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/20326/embassy-in-geneva-to-be-opened-by-pm

Newsline: Vietnam diplomat eyes asylum in Switzerland

A Vietnamese diplomat once posted at the country’s consulate in Geneva said he has sought political asylum in Switzerland, just days before a UN review of Vietnam’s human rights record. Dang Xuong Hung, who served as the consul from 2008 to 2012, when he formally withdrew from the Vietnamese Communist Party, told Geneva station Leman Bleu that he had applied for Swiss asylum last October. Dang, who began working for the Vietnamese foreign ministry in 1983, blamed the one-party system for “the total crisis” Vietnam was experiencing in all areas. The news came ahead of a review before the UN’s top human rights body of Vietnam’s rights record. In a letter to the Vietnamese delegation attending the so-called Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human rights Council, Dang voiced empathy with diplomats who “care about Vietnam, but are shackled by invisible bonds.” He urged the delegation to openly admit to Vietnam’s violations.

http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/asia/271167/vietnam-diplomat-eyes-asylum-in-switzerland