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Archive for September 12, 2022

Newsline: China’s diplomacy to focus on Central Asia

China on Monday confirmed that President Xi Jinping will leave the mainland for the first time in 32 months for a trip this week to Central Asia where he will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Xi last stepped out of China in January, 2020, when he visited Myanmar but has since then remained in the country. Xi’s in-person meetings with leaders of other countries were restricted and he focused instead on virtual diplomacy. Xi is due on a state visit to Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry announced on Monday, confirming several earlier reports on his impending foreign tour. Xi will then meet Putin, as confirmed by Russian diplomats both in Beijing and in Moscow, at the SCO summit in the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan. “Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the 22nd meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO in the city of Samarkand, and pay state visits to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan from September 14 to 16,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, said. (https://www.msn.com/en-in/news/world/china-diplomacy-in-first-trip-abroad-since-jan-2020-xi-jinping-to-visit-central-asia/ar-AA11Jxmd) Xi’s high-profile visit – he is the only G20 leader not to have travelled abroad since the pandemic – will take place barely a month before the all-important Communist Party of China’s (CPC) twice-a-decade congress.

Newsline: Bulgarian Embassy in Kyiv Open Again

The Bulgarian embassy in Kyiv is working again, as of September 12, 2022, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday. The Bulgarian embassy in Kyiv will be headed by an interim director and will operate with a limited staff. (https://www.novinite.com/articles/216694/The+Bulgarian+Embassy+in+Kyiv+is+Working+Again) At this stage, the consular service at the embassy, also with a reduced team, will resume its activity, performing a limited range of services, and the idea is to operate after the complete restoration of communication channels with Bulgaria.

Newsline: Hungarian diplomat arrested in Ghana for reckless driving

Some pedestrians and motorists who ply the Airport area road in Accra heaped praises on the Ghana Police Service following the arrest of a man in CD plated vehicle, who was later identified as a Hungarian diplomat, for reckless driving. According to eyewitnesses, Police officers on traffic duty at the Airport bypass arrested the diplomat who was driving an ash coloured Toyota RAV 4 for the offense of careless and inconsiderate driving which is a violation of the country’s road traffic regulations. The eyewitnesses noted the diplomat resisted being taken to the police station for several minutes after his arrest. In the course of his resistant, the eyewitnesses said officers effecting the arrest noted that the diplomat had on several occasions been warned for the same conduct. Further checks by Pulse Ghana revealed the diplomat involved is the deputy head of mission for the Hungarian embassy in Ghana David Bekesi. (https://www.pulse.com.gh/motorists-praise-police-after-hungarian-diplomat-is-arrested-for-reckless-driving/wewz4p1) A follow up to the Police Station has revealed that the diplomat, was released by the police after the matter was referred to the Foreign Affairs Ministry in line with diplomatic practices.