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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.



Newsline: India urged to open Luxembourg embassy

Luxembourg needs firmer trade relations with India and the world’s second-most populous nation should open an embassy in the Grand-Duchy, the head of the Indian Business Chamber Luxembourg (IBCL) said. “The message from Luxembourg to India is we would like to welcome official representation,” IBCL President Pedro Castilho told a gathering of around 500 people in Mondorf in south-eastern Luxembourg on Saturday night. “That means opening an embassy.” India currently runs an embassy for Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union from Brussels. It was established in 1948 and is led by Ambassador Gairti Issar Kumar.


Newsline: Czech Republic reopens embassy in Luxembourg

Minister of Foreign and European affairs, Jean Asselborn, and his Czech counterpart Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek, both attended the reinauguration ceremony of the Czech embassy. It marked “a new chapter in this common book already full of remarkable pages,” said Minister Asselborn. The old embassy was closed by the previous Czech interim government in late 2012 due to budgetary issues. The new one has been operational since September 2014.


Newsline: Finland to close embassies in Slovenia, Slovakia and Luxembourg

Finland will continue to trim down its network of diplomatic missions abroad by closing its embassies in Slovenia, Slovakia and Luxembourg by the end of next year due to a decision to cut the appropriations of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for operating expenses. The closures are projected to generate savings of 1.8 million euros next year. On the other hand, the country will develop its temporary liaison office in Beirut, Lebanon, into a fully-fledged embassy. Overall, Finland has in the course of the ongoing electoral term announced the closures of ten embassies and consular missions as well as the establishment of two new liaison offices. The country will consequently be left with a network of 89 embassies and diplomatic missions abroad. Erkki Tuomioja (SDP), the Minister for Foreign Affairs, assures that no further closures are in the pipeline.