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Archive for August 22, 2022

Newsline: Irish embassy in Ukraine reopens

The Irish embassy in Ukraine has reopened, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has confirmed. Mr Coveney said: “The embassy resumes its operations on the ground in Kyiv, the team’s key priority will be renewing and building their network of contacts with Ukrainian government officials to better inform Ireland’s provision of support and assistance to the government and people of Ukraine.” The Department of Foreign Affairs said it is closely monitoring the situation in Ukraine with the EU and other international partners. “The department continues to strongly advise against all travel to Ukraine, for any purpose,” it added. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/irish-embassy-in-ukraine-reopens/ar-AA10WfIu) It also said that like other embassies operating in Ukraine, the Irish office will be functioning with very limited capacity to provide in-person consular assistance.

Newsline: Israel’s new ambassador to Germany takes post

Israel’s new ambassador to Germany, Ron Prosor, officially took on his post on Monday after handing his credentials to President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Steinmeier’s office said the president was “convinced that, with Ambassador Prosor as a diplomat long associated with our country, the special friendship between Israel and Germany can be further developed.” (https://www.msn.com/en-xl/news/other/israels-new-ambassador-to-germany-starts-work/ar-AA10VXGz) A former UN ambassador, Prosor wrote on Twitter before his trip to Steinmeier’s official residence at Bellevue Palace that it was “a special day for me.”

Newsline: Chinese Embassy in Cambodia helps scam victims from Taiwan

Taiwan people who went to Cambodia for job opportunities were employed in jobs which apparently were not commensurate with their pay, and some were subjected to violence, including imprisonment, beatings, abuse and even sexual assault. “Taiwan compatriots are Chinese citizens, so if you have any difficulties, please contact the embassy,” Chinese Embassy in Cambodia told the Taiwan compatriots after some of them were reportedly forced to join online gambling, telecommunications fraud and other illegal activities and have been subjected to movement restriction in Cambodia. In a statement issued on Saturday night, the embassy said they will provide timely and efficient consular protection services to all Chinese citizens in Cambodia, including Taiwan compatriots, noting that safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan compatriots is the duty of China’s diplomatic missions abroad. (https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202208/1273527.shtml) According to Taiwan media reports, more than 8,600 Taiwan people went to Cambodia from January to July, and only 5,000 returned to the island, with about 3,000 people still stranded there, reports said.

Newsline: Explosion reported inside UK embassy in Baghdad

Iraqi media reported Sunday that an explosion was heard from inside the British Embassy in Baghdad. Iraqi sources reported an explosion inside the British Embassy in Baghdad on Sunday afternoon. The Baghdad Al-Youm news website reported that the explosion took place near the UK Embassy in the Green Zone. Meanwhile, the Sabrin News Telegram channel, citing sources, reported that the gas canisters in the kitchen of the British Embassy in the Green Zone may have exploded. Also, Shafaq News reported, quoting a security source, that an explosion took place inside the British Embassy compound. (https://en.mehrnews.com/news/190490/Explosion-reported-inside-UK-embassy-in-Baghdad) The source said that a gas canister exploded in the kitchen inside the embassy, but there were no casualties.