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Archive for January 3, 2023

Newsline: Burkina Faso expels French ambassador

Burkina Faso has expelled France’s ambassador, authorities said Monday. Government spokesman Jean-Emmanuel Ouedraogo confirmed to the Associated Press that Ambassador Luc Hallade was asked to leave, but provided no further details. The French embassy refused to comment. (https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Burkina-Faso-s-military-regime-expels-French-17690183.php) Hallade’s expulsion comes less than two weeks after the United Nations’ resident and humanitarian coordinator in Burkina Faso, Barbara Manzi, was also declared persona non grata.

Newsline: US top diplomat reiterates position on two-state solution with new Israeli counterpart

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the Biden administration’s commitment to a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine in a phone call on Monday with his new Israeli counterpart. (https://news.yahoo.com/blinken-reiterates-us-position-two-222438133.html) During the call, Blinken congratulated Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen on his appointment and emphasized the alliance and partnership between the U.S. and Israel, according to a White House readout. But the secretary of State also expressed a commitment to a two-state solution in the West Bank amid heightened Israeli-Palestinian tensions, saying the U.S. is opposed to any efforts that would endanger the solution. Cohen was appointed as foreign minister after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in last week.

Newsline: New China’s Foreign Minister Says ‘Deeply Impressed’ With Americans

New Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang offered effusive praise of Americans after stepping down as his nation’s top envoy to Washington, signaling that ties between the world’s biggest economies appear to be warming despite recent tensions over Taiwan. “I have been deeply impressed by so many hard-working, friendly and talented American people that I met,” Qin said in a Tweet on Tuesday, adding that he had “made many friends across the US.” (https://news.yahoo.com/china-foreign-minister-says-deeply-024601556.html) Qin said he’d continue to “support the growth of China-US relations,” and promote peace and development — comments that add to signs Beijing is adopting a softer diplomatic touch.