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Newsline: Angola fires diplomats for attending Jerusalem event on eve of US embassy move

Angola fired two senior diplomats after one of them attended an event celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem last week, state-run media said. Angola’s Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto dismissed João Diogo Fortunato, a senior adviser and the number 2 figure in the Angolan Embassy in Tel Aviv, according to Angolan state-run media. Augusto also fired the director for Africa, Middle East and Regional Organizations in the Luanda foreign ministry, Joaquim do Espírito Santo, who authorized Fortunato’s attendance at the May 13 party in Jerusalem. Fortunato was one of twelve envoys from African countries and one of 33 ambassadors and chargés d’affaires to participate in an event organized by Israel’s Foreign Ministry to celebrate the next day’s US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/angola-fires-diplomats-over-attendance-at-event-for-us-embassy-move/

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Newsline: Sudan summons Egypt ambassador over ‘insulting’ TV series

Sudan has summoned the Egyptian ambassador to Khartoum to complain about a TV series that portrays Egyptian rebel fighters living in the neighbouring country. The Sudanese foreign ministry said on Saturday that the Ramadan series, titled Abu Amr al-Masry, broadcasted by ON TV satellite channel, is “insulting to Egyptians living in Sudan and destroying the confidence and relations between the people of the two countries”. It urged Egypt to “stop attempts at disturbing the interests of the two countries”.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/sudan-summons-egypt-ambassador-insulting-tv-series-180520095212783.html

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.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/246239

Newsline: Paraguay president inaugurates Israel embassy in Jerusalem

Paraguay opened its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to follow the United States in making the politically sensitive move from Tel Aviv. Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the inauguration ceremony on Monday. The US relocated its embassy to Jerusalem a week ago, drawing Palestinian and international anger, and was followed by Guatemala on Wednesday.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/paraguay-president-inaugurates-israel-embassy-jerusalem-180521093516971.html

Newsline: Iraq slams U.S. embassy relocation to Jerusalem as “step of war”

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has slammed the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv into Jerusalem, warning that this action provokes feelings of Arabs and Muslims everywhere and represents a step of war. Addressing an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Jaafari said the U.S. embassy relocation decision represents a flagrant violation of human rights and international resolutions on that score. The top Iraqi diplomat further called on the international community to stand up to acts of violence committed by Israeli occupation forces, which left scores of peaceful protesters in Palestine killed and hundreds others injured. “The U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem represents a step of war and provokes feelings of Arabs and Muslims everywhere,” Jaafari noted, warning the U.S. administration not to take provocative or reckless steps that could threaten international peace and security.

https://www.iraqinews.com/features/iraq-slams-u-s-embassy-relocation-to-jerusalem-as-step-of-war/

Newsline: Turkey’s Erdogan calls on world’s Muslims to stop embassy openings in Jerusalem

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on the Muslim world to back Palestinians against what he said was Israel’s cruelty in Gaza, and castigated both the United States and the United Nations over the deaths of dozens of protesters. The Turkish president has been a vocal critic of Washington’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — and of the violence that followed the embassy’s opening. Turkey declared three days of mourning after Israeli security forces killed dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday. Addressing thousands of supporters waving Turkish and Palestinian flags in Istanbul’s Yenikapi neighborhood, Erdogan called for Muslim solidarity and said the United Nations had lost legitimacy for failing to stand up against Washington.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-muslims-turkey/countries-should-be-prevented-from-following-us-on-israel-embassy-turkey-says-idUSKCN1IJ0UI

Newsline: Belgium, Luxembourg summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza massacre

Luxembourg’s Foreign Ministry summoned Israeli Ambassador to his country Simona Frankel for reprimand and protest over the massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces on Monday on the Gaza Strip border. It is noteworthy that Frankel, who is also envoy to Belgium, was summoned for a similar conversation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium. “Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders called in Frankel after she claimed that all Palestinians killed in border clashes earlier in the week were “terrorists”, The Time of Israel reported. Summoning of Frankel comes one day after Ireland had summoned the Israeli ambassador the country.

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180517-luxembourg-summons-israeli-ambassador-over-gaza-massacre/