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Newsline: Kuwait says it summoned U.S. diplomat over embassy’s Pride month tweets

Kuwait’s government said it summoned a senior U.S. diplomat after the American Embassy posted a pair of tweets supporting LGBTQ+ rights in English and Arabic to mark Pride Month on Thursday. Rights for LGBTQ+ people are severely restricted in Kuwait, but the embassy tweeted that President Biden is a “champion for the human rights” of LGBTQ+ people. Kuwait’s foreign ministry said in a statement saying it had summoned Jim Holtsnider, Acting chargé d’affairs of the U.S. Embassy, about “the embassy’s publication on its social media accounts of references and tweets supporting homosexuality” and reminded him of “the obligation not to publish such tweets” and “respect the laws and regulations in force” in the state. The statement claimed the tweets violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. (https://www.axios.com/2022/06/03/kuwait-us-diplomat-embassy-pride-month-tweets) In Kuwait, sex between men specifically is punishable by up to seven years in prison, according to rights groups. Representatives for the State Department did not immediately respond to Axios’ request for comment.

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