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Archive for November 25, 2022

Newsline: Azerbaijan summons Dutch Ambassador

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Azerbaijan Pauline Eizema was summoned to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 25, the ministry told Trend. During the meeting, the ambassador was briefed on the ministry’s dissatisfaction with the letter of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Wopke Hoekstra, addressed to the Dutch Parliament on November 23, over alleged war crimes committed by the Azerbaijani Army. (https://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/politics/3673514.html) The ambassador was told that the Armenia-planted landmines on Azerbaijan’s lands come as a vivid example of continuing Armenian war crimes against Azerbaijanis.

Newsline: UK abandons plans to move British Embassy to Jerusalem

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has dropped his predecessor’s controversial plans to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by moving the British embassy to Jerusalem. The move would have followed the example set by former US President, Donald Trump. “There are no plans to move the British Embassy from Tel Aviv,” a Downing Street spokesman said. (https://muslimnews.co.uk/newspaper/home-news/sunak-abandons-plans-to-move-british-embassy-to-jerusalem/) The confirmation was made after Sunak replaced Liz Truss, who was MP for just 44 days before resigning. The Palestinian Mission in London immediately welcomed the clarification. “We would like to thank the UK government, opposition parties, faith leaders, activists, and members of the public whose efforts have helped keep the UK in line with international law on the matter,” said Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Husam Zomlot, said. The U-turn appeared to be a policy reversal by Sunak. In August he told the Conservative Friends of Israel that Jerusalem was Israel’s “undisputed capital”. And that there was a “very strong case” for relocating the UK embassy there. At a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York in September, Truss told her then-Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, that she was carrying out a “review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel.” Previously, she declared at a CFI meeting that she was a “huge Zionist” and “a huge supporter of Israel”. Truss was warned by politicians, religious leaders, other countries, as well as Palestinians, not to follow the example set by Trump.

Newsline: Norwegian diplomats say Venezuela’s government and opposition to meet

The government of Venezuela and its opposition will resume over the weekend long-stalled negotiations meant to find a common path out of their country’s complex crisis, Norwegian diplomats announced. “We announce that the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Unitary Platform of Venezuela have decided to resume the dialogue and negotiation process in Mexico on November 26, facilitated by Norway,” the Norwegian Embassy in Mexico tweeted. “There the parties will sign a partial agreement on social matters.” (https://wtop.com/europe/2022/11/diplomats-venezuelas-government-opposition-to-meet/) The announcement of the upcoming discussions in Mexico City comes two weeks after delegates from both parties participated in a round table to address the Venezuelan crisis, promoted by French President Emmanuel Macron. The talks formally began in September 2021 in Mexico but were suspended the following month when President Nicolas Maduro ordered his delegation to withdraw in protest of the extradition to the United States of a close ally.