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Newsline: Philippine ambassador expelled by Kuwait returns home

A Filipino ambassador expelled by Kuwait, which protested the rescue of abused Filipina housemaids in the Persian Gulf country as an affront to its sovereignty, returned home Wednesday with the Philippines insisting it did not commit any infraction. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano welcomed Ambassador Renato Villa at Manila’s international airport. Both expressed hope that the diplomatic row could be resolved soon. Cayetano said 35 of 38 rescue efforts of Filipina housemaids by Philippine officials last month were coordinated with Kuwaiti authorities but three were conducted by Filipino officials themselves because rapid action was needed. The move, Cayetano said, “is acceptable and is a duty under international law but it caused commotion to them.” “That’s why I said I apologize if our actions seemed to violate your sovereignty but let me assure you it’s in the spirit of protecting our nationals,” Cayetano told reporters at the airport. Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry accused the Philippine Embassy last week of a “flagrant and grave breach of rules and regulations that govern diplomatic action where staff helped Filipina house helpers run away,” and ordered Villa to leave within a week. Kuwait also recalled its ambassador from Manila. Two Filipinos associated with the embassy were also arrested in Kuwait for allegedly convincing maids to flee their employers’ homes.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-ambassador-expelled-kuwait-returns-home-152811152.html

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Newsline: Kuwait Expels Philippines Ambassador Amid Dispute

Kuwait on Wednesday expelled the Philippines ambassador and recalled its own from Manila over a growing diplomatic dispute regarding the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in the country. The highly unusual move came as a surprise in the typically sedate and oil-rich Gulf Arab nation, whose homes rely on Filipina nannies and maids. The two nations had been negotiating an end to the Philippines’ ban on workers from heading there following the shocking discovery in February of a Filipina stuffed into a freezer in Kuwait City for over a year. But the arrest of two Filipinos earlier this week over allegedly convincing maids to flee their employers’ homes and Philippines Ambassador Renato Villa’s comments reported in local media over the effort appears to have been too much for Kuwait to accept.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-04-25/kuwait-expels-philippines-ambassador-amid-dispute?src=usn_fb

Newsline: Kuwait removed diplomat from New Zealand following alleged assault

Kuwait withdrew one of its diplomats from New Zealand following an allegation of assault. The envoy was removed after the Middle Eastern country declined to waive diplomatic immunity. The police said they were called to a central Wellington address in the early morning. “This involved an allegation of assault by a diplomat from the Embassy of the State of Kuwait.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11899373

Newsline: Iran Says Ambassador to Remain in Kuwait Despite Row

Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran’s alleged links to a “spy and terror” cell. Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thursday that Kuwait had ordered the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and 14 other diplomats, worsening an unusual public dispute between the two countries. “The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to be present in Kuwait and the embassy will be active at the ambassadorial level, and there is no problem in this regard,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. Kuwait also told Iran’s cultural and military missions to shut down, following a court case that increased tensions between the Gulf Arab state and Tehran. Iran responded to the expulsions by filing a complaint with the Kuwaiti charge d’affaires. The expulsions were a rare move for Kuwait, which avoids conflict and has worked at keeping good relations with nearby countries and whose ruling emir is a regional diplomatic broker. Saudi Arabia, which severed ties with Tehran last year over attacks by Iranian demonstrators on its missions in the Islamic Republic, welcomed the move.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-07-24/iran-says-ambassador-to-remain-in-kuwait-despite-row

Newsline: Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Kuwait has ordered Iran to reduce its embassy staff and close down its technical offices in the Gulf Arab state following a court case which implicated “Iranian parties” of involvement in a spy cell, state news agency KUNA said on Thursday. Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men – one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti – of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called “Abdali cell” in 2015. In a case which stoked unusually severe tensions between the two OPEC members, Kuwait’s highest court changed some of the sentences last month. Iranian state television said Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry summoned Tehran’s ambassador and ordered the number of diplomats to be cut from 19 to four and the closure of the cultural and military missions.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kuwait-iran-idUSKBN1A510U?il=0

Newsline: Turkish court rejects prosecutor request for arrest of Kuwaiti Embassy driver

An Ankara court on Tuesday dismissed a request filed for the cancelation of the release of a Kuwaiti Embassy driver who, with a group of Kuwaiti diplomats, beat up a Turkish pilot last week. The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office objected to a decision by the Ankara 4th Criminal Court of Peace to release Salahaddin A., a driver for the Kuwaiti Embassy, who removed Lt. Col. Hakan Karakuş from his car and, along with Kuwaiti diplomats, beat him up. The chief prosecutor’s office also demanded the arrest of the embassy driver. The lawyer for the driver requested that his client be kept under police monitoring. Both requests were reportedly rejected by an Ankara court. According to reports circulating in the Turkish media, a number of Kuwaiti diplomats who were traveling in a vehicle with diplomatic plates got out of the car in the middle of traffic and removed Lt. Col. Hakan Karakuş, an F-16 pilot working with NATO, from his car and beat him up in front of his wife in Ankara last week. Kuwaiti Ambassador to Turkey Abdullah Abdulaziz al-Duwaikh threatened Ankara, saying that deporting Almohaid prior to a court ruling would negatively affect Kuwaiti’s investments in Turkey.

http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_court-rejects-prosecutor-request-for-arrest-of-kuwaiti-embassy-driver_358904.html

Newsline: Kuwait denies embassy staff attacked Turkish pilot

Kuwait has denied claims that embassy staff beat a Turkish air force pilot in a road rage incident in Ankara. The country’s ambassador to Turkey, Abdullah Al-Duwaikh, denied allegations that Major Hakan Karakus was attacked in front of his wife and baby. The pilot, who had recently returned to Ankara from a NATO exercise, claimed he was taking his six-day-old infant to hospital to be vaccinated on Thursday when he was nearly involved in an accident with a Kuwaiti diplomat’s car in an upmarket district of the capital. Four men got out of the Kuwaiti car and allegedly attacked him. It is said that passersby had to intervene to prevent the officer, who was treated in hospital for his injuries, being more seriously hurt. “It is opposite of what you heard,” said Al-Duwaikh. “There were not four guys in the car, there were just our diplomat and his driver.” Al-Duwaikh claimed the diplomat was going to the bank when Major Karakus blocked his car’s path. “The bank’s security camera, security personnel and workers there are witnesses,” the ambassador said. “He kicked the diplomat’s car, there are pictures, so security told our diplomat not to leave the bank.” Al-Duwaikh also said the accused diplomat did not touch Major Karakus, accusing the flyer of involvement in blackmail. Turkish media reported that the pilot had filed a criminal complaint.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/144206/kuwait-denies-embassy-staff-attacked-turkish-pilot