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Archive for October 28, 2022

Newsline: Twitter becomes Elon Musk’s vehicle of freelance diplomacy

As Elon Musk completed his $44bn takeover of Twitter, the self-appointed “Chief Twit” had already used the platform to venture into geopolitics. Musk’s recent foray into global diplomacy saw him draw the wrath of Ukrainians for tweets urging Ukraine to seek a negotiated solution to Russia’s invasion and relinquish control of Crimea. The poll suggesting measures to solve the heightening situation in Ukraine earned a swift rebuke from President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Which @elonmusk do you like more?” he wrote along with the options: “One who supports Ukraine” and “one who supports Russia.” But whatever politicians think about Musk’s freelance diplomacy, the negotiated settlement apparently remains the only viable solution to end the Ukrainian conflict.

Newsline: Honduras summons U.S. ambassador for interference in internal affairs

The Government of Honduras has confirmed that the U.S. Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Laura Dogu, has been summoned next Monday to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in protest for her interference in internal affairs. As confirmed by the ruling Libre Party in its social networks, Dogu’s summons comes after the Honduran President, Xiomara Castro, gave this instruction to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Enrique Reina. “Enrique Reina summons the US ambassador to Honduras at 12:00 noon (local time) on October 31 to present a formal protest for her interference”, said Libre on its Twitter profile. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/honduras-summons-u-s-ambassador-for-interference-in-internal-affairs/ar-AA13ozRG) The call was announced just one day after the US diplomatic representative in Tegucigalpa expressed Washington’s concern about the treatment of foreign investors in Honduras, reports ‘La Tribuna’. “We are deeply concerned about reports from both U.S. and Honduran companies about increased land invasions and digital piracy,” Dogu said during a meeting with members of the Honduran-American Chamber of Commerce.

Newsline: Iran summons Germany’s ambassador

Iran summoned Germany’s ambassador on Thursday, accusing Berlin of interfering in the Islamic Republic’s internal affairs. “Some European countries, contrary to their international commitments in fighting terrorism, have become sponsors of terrorist groups,” said Iran’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ali Bagheri Kani. (https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-summons-germanys-ambassador-accusing-berlin-interference-fars-2022-10-27/) His comments were reported by the semi-official Fars news agency.