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Archive for October 8, 2022

Newsline: Turkey appoints new ambassador to Israel

Turkey has appointed a new ambassador to Israel, the state-run news agency reported. Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, a senior diplomat who had served as Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2013, was named to the post, Anadolu Agency reported. (https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-international/ap-turkey-appoints-new-ambassador-to-israel-as-ties-warm/) He takes up the position four years after Turkey withdrew its ambassador from Israel and ousted Israel’s ambassador in protest of the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli gunfire during protests along the frontier with Gaza.

Newsline: Irish government seeks answers from Chinese embassy on ‘police service station’ in Dublin

The Government has sought answers from the Chinese embassy about the presence of a Chinese “police service station” in Dublin. (https://www.irishtimes.com/politics/2022/10/08/government-seeks-answers-from-chinese-embassy-on-police-service-station-in-dublin/) The Fuzhou Police Overseas Service Station opened in Dublin earlier this year in an office building on Capel Street which it shares with other Chinese organisations. Signage for the station was removed from the front of the building last week and it is not known if it remains operational. Queries to the the embassy and a phone number associated with the station went unanswered this week. The embassy previously said the station offers administrative assistance to Chinese nationals living in Ireland, such as facilitating drivers’ licence renewals. It rejected reports the station was involved in law enforcement activity. A recent report from human rights group Safeguard Defenders said the station is part of a worldwide network of overseas Chinese law enforcement offices, some of which have been known to “persuade” Chinese residents to return home to face criminal charges. Some of these stations are accused of pressurising or threatening emigrants and their family members to force them to return home. According to Chinese authorities, some 230,000 people have been “persuaded” to return to China from other countries since April 2021.

Newsline: Iran summons Danish ambassador to protest Copenhagen embassy threat

Iran summoned the Danish ambassador to protest an incident at its embassy in Copenhagen in which its ambassador was threatened, Iran’s foreign ministry said in state media. Iran state media earlier quoted Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying: “It is unfortunate that, in the heart of Europe, such an attack takes place on a woman and an ambassador who has diplomatic immunity, and the police do not arrive in time.” (https://news.yahoo.com/danish-police-arrest-knife-wielding-171157805.html) Danish police said they had arrested a 32-year old man earlier on Friday after he had entered the grounds of the embassy carrying a knife. The man, an Iranian citizen, was stopped by an employee before entering the embassy building, the police said in a statement. Iran’s foreign ministry said the ambassador, Afsaneh Nadipour, had been threatened, a local employee injured, and embassy vehicles damaged. The man will have a court hearing on Saturday and will be charged with two counts of vandalism, for violence, and for breaching a section of the penal code that deals with crimes against people with diplomatic status, the Danish police said.