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Archive for November 21, 2022

Newsline: Turkey summons Swedish ambassador

Turkey summoned the Swedish envoy on Monday after images that allegedly insulted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and served as Kurdish militant propaganda were projected on the Turkish Embassy building in Stockholm, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported. (https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Turkey-summons-Swedish-envoy-over-images-17601196.php) Anadolu Agency said Ambassador Staffan Herrstrom was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry, where officials condemned the incident, called for an investigation and renewed a demand for Stockholm to take “concrete steps” against groups that Turkey considers to be security threats, according to Anadolu Agency.

Newsline: Sri Lankan Embassy official in Oman rejects sexual abuse allegations

The Third Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman E. Kushan is alleged to have committed sexual abuse, and engaged in the trafficking of Sri Lankan women for sex. However, he denies these claims and told ews 1st that these allegations are fabricated by a sex trafficking ring and have no ground. On Sunday (21) several former expats visited News 1st and expose startling detail. The Third Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Oman dismissed these allegations as baseless. He also completely reject allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. (https://www.newsfirst.lk/2022/11/21/embassy-official-rejects-sexual-abuse-allegations-woman-linked-to-sex-trafficking-bailed/) A total of three people have been arrested by Sri Lankan authorities for their links to the sex trafficking ring. Yet many Sri Lankan women who were subject to mental and physical trauma remain in a hostile environment overseas.

Newsline: Iran summons UK Ambassador

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned on Sunday the British Ambassador to Tehran, Simon Shercliff, to protest the “attack” on the Iranian Embassy in London perpetrated by a “violent group”. Tehran has further protested an “outrage against the Iranian national flag” during the protest. “The British ambassador has been reminded of the obligations contained in the 1961 and 1963 Vienna Conventions” on the protection of embassies, the official IRNA news agency reports. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also strongly protested the UK’s failure to prevent this sad attack,” IRNA added. (https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/iran-protests-diplomatically-to-the-united-kingdom-over-a-demonstration-outside-its-embassy-in-london/ar-AA14l9TD) The British ambassador has regretted the incident and assured that he will convey Iran’s protest to his government, according to the Iranian news agency. British authorities mobilized riot troops during Saturday’s demonstration outside the Iranian Embassy. Several activists perched on the facade of the diplomatic headquarters and chanted slogans against the Iranian government and in support of women’s rights. The semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr has reported that in the last two months the British ambassador has been summoned up to four times by the Iranian government.