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Newsline: Haiti closes only Embassy in Africa

Haiti no longer has an Embassy in Africa, following the closure of its Embassy in Benin last week. According to Government officials, in July 2016, announced plans to close its only Embassy on the African continent but without specifying at that time the definitive nature or a date for the official move. “It remains understood that this decision will in no way affect the excellent relations of friendship, solidarity and cooperation that exist between Haiti and Benin, two sister countries united by strong historical and cultural ties,”the government noted. The Embassy says that while waiting for new provisions, members of the Haitian community living in Benin and elsewhere on the African continent will want to address to the Consulate General of Haiti in Paris for their consular documents request.


Newsline: Turkish ambassador to Benin died of heart attack

Turkish Ambassador to Benin Turgut Kural died of a heart attack Tuesday night, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced Wednesday. Kural had served as the Turkish Ambassador in Cotonou, Benin since 2014. The son of late Ambassador Şerif Adnan Kural, who also died of a heart attack in 1972 while serving as the ambassador to Moscow, Turgut Kural was born in Rome in 1966. A husband and father of two children, 51-year-old Kural had served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1991, after graduating from Ankara University’s Department of International Relations. He began his international career as third secretary in Turkey’s Baghdad and Amman embassies, and vice consul at the Consulate General of Hong Kong. He went on to serve as second and first secretary in the Brussels embassy, consul general in the Mostar consulate and undersecretary of the embassy in Paris.


Newsline: US Embassy says American kidnapped in Benin

An American citizen has been kidnapped in the normally peaceful and politically stable nation of Benin, according to U.S. officials. A statement published on the website of the U.S. Embassy in the West African country, did not identify the kidnapping victim or say when he or she was abducted. It only said the matter is being investigated and there is no reason to believe that other American nationals or interests are at risk in Benin. A U.S. official familiar with the case said that it appears to be a straight kidnapping. There has been a ransom demand and the victim is believed to be in good health.