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Newsline: Netanyahu urges Romanian PM to move embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday urged Romania and other EU countries to follow Washington’s lead and move their embassies to Jerusalem. Netanyahu made the call during talks in Jerusalem with Viorica Dancila, the prime minister of Romania, which this month took over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union. “I hope you will act to stop the bad resolutions against Israel in the EU, and also of course to move your embassy and other embassies to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu told Dancila. “We wait for you in Jerusalem.” Last year the Romanian government, supported by the speaker of its parliament, adopted a draft proposal to move the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-urges-romanian-pm-to-move-embassy-to-jerusalem/

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Newsline: Kuwait investigating vandalism in Bangladesh Embassy

Kuwaiti authorities are investigating Thursday’s vandalism and physical assaults on staff inside Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait by a group of agitated Bangladeshi workers, said an official on Friday. He said the probe is being carried out through analysing CCTV footage. The Bangladesh Embassy, however, requested the Kuwaiti authorities not to harass any innocent worker during the investigation process. On Thursday, a group of Bangladeshi workers ransacked the Embassy property, including computers and TV, despite assurance from the Ambassador to address their issues through discussions. On request, members of law enforcement agencies rushed to the spot and picked up around 150 workers for questioning, said the Embassy sources.

http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/183741

Newsline: Saudi Arabia not reopening Damascus embassy

Saudi Arabia dismissed news that it plans to reopen its embassy in Damascus. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs branded the reports untrue and baseless. An official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the claims circulated by some electronic media as false. On a statement attributed to Dr Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on opening the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, the official said they are untrue. The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus in December, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold. Nearly seven years later, the UAE flag was raised again during a ceremony attended by diplomats and journalists. UAE’s charge d’affaires Abdul Hakim Naimi visited the embassy and witnessed the country’s flag being raised again on the compound in central Damascus.

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/region/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-clarifies-regarding-reopening-of-embassy-in-damascus

Newsline: Lebanese Embassy Comes Under Attack in Tripoli

The Lebanese embassy in Tripoli has been attacked by an outraged people in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, El-Nashra news website reported, Lebanese Ambassador to Libya Mohammad Sukaina said. According to the envoy, the attackers didn’t manage to get into the building but tore off the country’s flag and a tablet from the embassy’s wall. The envoy further noted that no employees had been injured as the embassy was closed. Later in the day, the Libyan High Council of State called on for the suspension of diplomatic relations with Lebanon over the desecration of a Libyan flag in Beirut.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201901141071460490-embassy-tripoli-attack/

Newsline: Saudi facing assault charges in Canada flees after embassy posts bail

Officials in Canada say a 28-year-old Saudi Arabian man charged with sexually assaulting a Canadian woman has gone missing. Nova Scotia’s prosecution service said Monday that Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi had bail posted by the Saudi Arabian Embassy last year in the case involving allegations of sexual assault, assault and forcible confinement. A court document says the sheriff unsuccessfully tried to locate Alzoabi last month. His lawyer is quoted as saying that he fled Canada even though police had seized his passport.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/saudi-facing-assault-charges-flees-embassy-posts-bail-60373840

Newsline: Qatar sees no need to re-open embassy in Syria

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday that he saw no need to re-open an embassy in Damascus, nor any encouraging signs for a normalization of ties with the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani also said Qatar still objects to Arab League membership for Syria, which was suspended in 2011 over the government’s violent response to protests at the start of what turned out to be an almost eight-year-old war. Some Arab states, including ones that once backed rebels against Assad, are seeking to reconcile with him after decisive gains by his and allied forces in the war. Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry later denied reports it was reopening its embassy in Damascus. The United Arab Emirates re-opened its embassy there last month and Bahrain said its embassy, and the Syrian mission in Manama, had been operating “without interruption”.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-qatar-idUSKCN1P80I8

Newsline: Bolivia set to open embassy in Turkey

Bolivia plans to open an embassy in Turkey to cement bilateral relations, Turkish presidential sources said late Jan. 9. The agreement on opening the embassy was reached at a meeting between Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma in the Venezuelan capital Caracas. During the meeting, they acknowledged that significant progress had been made in their countries’ relations after Turkey opened an embassy in Bolivia last year. The two countries agreed that the Bolivian embassy should be opened in the first half of this year.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/bolivia-set-to-open-embassy-in-turkey-amid-growing-ties-140400