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Newsline: Man charged for sparking fire at embassy in Washington, vandalizing another

A man was arrested and charged after allegedly vandalizing the Embassy of Austria and setting a fire at the Embassy of Malaysia in Northwest Washington, D.C. Versie Segers is accused of throwing an incendiary device, including an alcohol-soaked T-shirt, over the fence of the Embassy of Malaysia on Saturday. Court filings reveal that Secret Service agents assisted dousing the fire. Shortly afterwards, a burglar alarm was set off at the Embassy of Austria. Shattered glass and a large rock were discovered toward the back of the embassy, an affidavit said. Harm to the Embassy of Malaysia building is minimal, a spokeswoman told NBC Washington. The ambassador does not live in the building, but 60 people do work there. Segers faces charges on two counts for violating the property of a foreign government. No injuries were reported.



Newsline: British ambassador to Austria chased through woodland by ‘massive’ wild boar

Britain’s ambassador to Austria described how he had to flee from a “massive” wild boar as it chased him through woodland in Vienna. Leigh Turner described how he came across a group of the animals while out walking before an adult boar charged at him in the Austrian capital. He was forced to scramble to safety up a pile of wet tree trunks, receiving minor injuries in the process. On his blog, the ambassador said the boar did not catch up with him as he fled through Lainzer Tiergarten nature park.


Newsline: Austria to reopen embassy in Libya

The Foreign Minister of the Libyan UN-proposed government, Moahmmed Sayala said that Austria is soon to reopen its embassy in Tripoli and resume flights to Libya. Sayala held Monday a joint presser with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, who described his meeting with Fayez Al-Sirraj – the Head of the Presidential Council – as fruitful and in line with establishing firm relations, speaking out his country’s support for stability in Libya on all levels. “We would also be glad to cooperate with Libya in fighting illegal immigration in coordination with the EU operations.” Kurz indicated. Sayala, on the other hand, said they discussed illegal immigration and monitoring of Libya’s southern borders as well as the efforts to persuade neighboring countries to secure their borders to disallow any more influxes of illegal migrants.


Newsline: Austrian Embassy opens in Tbilisi

Austria is opening its Embassy in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. For this occasion, the Secretary General of Austria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Michael Linhart, pays an official visit to Georgia on September 21-22. “The opening of an Austrian Embassy is expected to strengthen relations between the two countries in political, economic and cultural fields,” the Embassy said in a statement. The opening ceremony of the new Austrian Embassy will take place on September 22, followed by speeches of Ambassador Linhart and the Deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia Gigi Gigiadze, Agenda.ge reports.


Newsline: Austria to Reopen Mombasa Consulate in Kenya Next Week

The Austrian government is reopening its honorary consulate in Mombasa after four years of closure. A statement from the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi indicated it had appointed a new honorary consul for Mombasa to start working from next week. “We are delighted to be able to announce the official re-opening of our Honorary Consulate in Mombasa on May 2, after a hiatus of three years,” the statement said. “We also believe that in Honorary Consul Saleem Ghalia, we have found somebody with an unmatched experience and excellent qualifications for the position. We trust he will be the right person in furthering bilateral relations between Kenya and Austria while acting as a first point of contact for Austrians in Coast Province.” Mr Ghalia also serves as the honorary consul for the Germany government in Mombasa. Honorary consuls are generally not career diplomats and are appointed to perform diplomatic and consular roles, sometimes without pay, as they do their main businesses where they pay taxes.


Newsline: Greece recalls Vienna ambassador in row over worsening migrant logjam

Struggling with a growing logjam of refugees, Greece recalled its ambassador to Vienna in protest at moves by Austria and Balkan states to make it harder for migrants to head north across Europe. The unusual step reflected Greek fury at being excluded from a meeting of Balkan states in Vienna on Wednesday to coordinate border restrictions across the region to limit the flow. “Greece will not become a Lebanon or a warehouse of souls,” said migration minister Yannis Mouzalas. Lebanon, a country of 4 million people, is hosting more than 1 million refugees from the civil war in neighbouring Syria. Greek officials estimated there were 20,000 refugees and migrants trapped in the country as a result of the new restrictions, which began when Austria announced on Feb. 18 it would let in no more than 3,200 people a day and cap daily asylum claims at 80. On Tuesday, Athens accused Vienna of an ‘unfriendly act’. The move to recall the envoy for consultations was designed to “safeguard friendly relations between the states and the people of Greece and Austria”, a foreign ministry statement said. Unilateral initiatives and violations of international and European laws by EU member states threatened to “undermine the very foundations of European unification”, the ministry said. The Austrian foreign ministry said it could be an opportunity for the recalled ambassador to inform Greeks of the situation, and the challenges for countries lying along the migrant route such as Austria.


Newsline: Austria set to open embassy in Belarus

Austria has plans to open an embassy in Belarus, spokesperson for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik told journalists on 24 September. A delegation of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Zimmermann will pay a visit to Belarus on 29-30 September to work through organizational and other matters. The decision to open an embassy in Belarus was made after the visit of Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs Sebastian Kurz to Belarus in May 2015.