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Archive for November 13, 2022

Newsline: Turkey appoints new ambassador to Israel

After a four-year hiatus, Turkey has appointed an ambassador to Israel in the most recent step towards improving relations with the Jewish state. Turkish media reported that Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, a veteran diplomat who previously served as Turkey’s consul general in Jerusalem between 2010 and 2014, was appointed to the position. (https://english.newstracklive.com/news/turkey-appoints-a-new-ambassador-to-israel-sc77-nu355-ta355-1257144-1.html) In May 2018, Ankara recalled its ambassador to Israel and expelled the Israeli envoy to protest the killing of several Palestinians by the Israeli military.

Newsline: Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry summons Iranian ambassador

Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan Seyyed Abbas Mousavi was summoned to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the meeting, the ambassador was conveyed the dissatisfaction and concern regarding the alleged recent propaganda against the Republic of Azerbaijan in the Iranian media and the comments by the Iranian officials. The Azeri said also called on Iran to hand over criminals and alleged separatists. (https://en.mehrnews.com/news/193521/Azerbaijani-Foreign-Ministry-summons-Iranian-ambassador) The move came a day after the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador of Azerbaijan to protest the continuation of anti-Iran propaganda and media misinformation about the Islamic Republic by the country’s officials and media.

Newsline: Britain summons Iran’s diplomat over threats to UK journalists

The British foreign office said it has summoned Iran’s most senior diplomat over alleged threats by Iranian security forces to journalists in the UK. “I summoned the Iranian representative today to make clear that we do not tolerate threats to life and intimidation of any kind towards journalists, or any individual, living in the UK,” Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in a statement. (https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/britain-summons-irans-senior-diplomat-over-alleged-threats-uk-journalists-2022-11-11/) Iran has responded to widespread internal protests with the suppression of freedom of expression and the targeting of media outlets operating in Iran, the foreign office said, adding that over 40 journalists have been arrested and detained.