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Newsline: Iran summons Norway, UK ambassadors amid unrest

Iran’s foreign ministry summoned the ambassadors of the U.K. and Norway over issues it argued constitute meddling in the country’s ongoing protests, according to state media. The director-general of Western Europe within Iran’s foreign ministry called out Norway’s Parliament Speaker for allegedly “prejudicing and unrealistic comments” about recent protests in Iran, according to Iran’s official news agency, IRNA. The U.K. ambassador, meanwhile, was chastised for a London-based, Persian-language “hosting of the media” that Iran believes has produced “provocation and invitation to turbulence and expansion of riots in Iran on top of their agenda,” according to a second report from IRNA. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-summons-ambassadors-uk-norway-123312218.html) The two issues could be considered by Iran as meddling in Iran’s internal affairs, state media notes. Iran has experiencing unrest in the week since a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of Iran’s morality police as protesters demonstrate against the country’s strict dress code and clash with security forces.

Newsline: Riots erupts near Iranian embassy in London

Violent street protests erupted outside the Iranian embassy in London on Sunday, with rocks thrown at police and five protesters arrested. Large crowds have been gathering all week outside the Knightsbridge compound in protest against the death in Iranian police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on Sept. 16. London’s Metropolitan Police said that “a substantial group” of the large crowd were “intent on causing disorder” and confirmed that reinforcements had been called in when protesters tried to break police lines and storm towards the embassy compound. A number of police officers were injured in the skirmishes though none seriously, and some arrests were made for violent disorder. (https://news.yahoo.com/unrest-erupts-near-iranian-embassy-184036900.html) The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website said it summoned Simon Shercliff, the U.K.‘s ambassador to Iran, on Saturday and protested the hosting of critical Farsi-language media outlets. The ministry alleges the news outlets have provoked disturbances and the spread of riots in Iran at the top of their programs. Iran said it considers the news agencies’ reporting to be interference in Iran’s internal affairs and acts against its sovereignty.

Newsline: Relocation of British embassy to Jerusalem considered

Liz Truss has told her Israeli counterpart she is reviewing moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to the contested holy city of Jerusalem. A Downing Street spokeswoman said Ms Truss informed Mr Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel”. (https://news.yahoo.com/truss-tells-israel-she-considering-000039584.html) The Prime Minister raised following Donald Trump on the possible move with Yair Lapid during a meeting at the United Nations summit in New York. Britain has long maintained its Israel embassy in Tel Aviv despite Israel designating Jerusalem as its capital. Mr Trump, when president, sparked controversy by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem in 2017.

Newsline: UK is considering relocation of British embassy to Jerusalem

Liz Truss has told her Israeli counterpart she is reviewing moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to the contested holy city of Jerusalem. The Prime Minister raised following Donald Trump on the possible move with Yair Lapid during a meeting at the United Nations summit in New York on Wednesday. (https://news.yahoo.com/truss-tells-israel-she-considering-000039584.html) Mr Trump, when president, sparked controversy by moving the US embassy to Jerusalem in 2017. A Downing Street spokeswoman said Ms Truss informed Mr Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel”. Ms Truss said she understood the “importance and sensitivity” over its location. Then the Foreign Secretary, she made the pledge during the Tory leadership contest in a letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel. Britain has long maintained its Israel embassy in Tel Aviv despite Israel designating Jerusalem as its capital.

Newsline: Queen’s funeral comes as major diplomatic event

Monday’s funeral will be one of the biggest diplomatic events of recent years, with some 500 heads of state and foreign dignitaries expected to attend. It is providing Ms Truss with an opportunity to meet foreign counterparts less than two weeks after taking office. But a planned meeting between Liz Truss and US President Joe Biden before the Queen’s funeral has been cancelled, Downing Street has said. No 10 said a “full bilateral meeting” between the PM and Mr Biden would instead take place at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. (https://news.yahoo.com/liz-truss-meet-world-leaders-143515354.html) Although she met Mr Biden when she was foreign secretary, next week’s UN meeting with him in New York will be Ms Truss’s first as UK prime minister. Ms Truss met her counterparts from New Zealand and Australia on Saturday. The prime minister held informal talks with Jacinda Ardern and Australian premier Anthony Albanese at Chevening House in Kent. And Number 10 confirmed Ms Truss will see Irish Taoiseach [prime minister] Micheál Martin, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and Polish President Andrzej Duda at Downing Street on Sunday. But Downing Street had stressed that talks this weekend would not be formal bilateral meetings because of the official 10-day mourning period following the death of the Queen. It would not be issuing summaries of the discussions as would normally happen after the PM’s meetings with foreign leaders, No 10 added.

Newsline: Russians mourn Queen Elizabeth with flowers at UK embassy

Russians laid flowers at the British embassy Friday, despite the dire state of relations between London and Moscow. “Despite what is going on now, the Queen and the royal house have always been the personification of peace and goodness,” said Muscovite Anton Avramets after placing a pink bouquet alongside many others on a wall outside the embassy. (https://news.yahoo.com/russians-mourn-queen-elizabeth-flowers-115108971.html) There were lighted candles among the tributes, and one woman made a sign of the cross as she placed red roses on the wall. Russia’s already poor relations with Britain have worsened sharply since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, and Moscow frequently rails against British leaders, including incoming prime minister Liz Truss this week. But it made an exception for the queen; President Vladimir Putin called her death an “irreparable loss” in a condolence message on Thursday.

Newsline: At UK embassy in Washington US President signed condolence book for Queen Elizabeth

Joe Biden has signed a condolence book for Queen Elizabeth at the UK embassy in Washington DC as he called the late monarch “a great lady.” The president and first lady were greeted at the embassy by British Ambassador Dame Karen Pierce and her husband, according to a pool report. Mr Biden asked the ambassador if he could write in the condolence book, and she told him, “if you would like to Sir.” The president then sat at a table where the book sat alongside a photograph of the Queen and a bouquet of flowers. He then spent several minutes writing in the book, as the first lady, Jill Biden, stood next to him. Ms Biden then sat in the chair and added her signature to the president’s message. “We mourn for all of you. She was a great lady, I’m so delighted I got to meet her,” Mr Biden said and he walked over to meet with embassy staff. “Our hearts are with you,” the First Lady told the embassy staff. Mr Biden then thanks the staff and added, “As my mother would say, God, love you.” (https://news.yahoo.com/biden-signs-condolence-book-queen-224627523.html) The president and first lady then held hands as they walked out of the room.

Newsline: UK’s Top Diplomat Becomes Next Prime Minister

Foreign secretary Liz Truss won the bitter race to succeed Boris Johnson as UK prime minister, and will take power with the country facing brutal economic headwinds. The foreign secretary, 47, emerged victorious on Monday after a two-month Conservative Party leadership contest that started with 11 candidates and concluded with a runoff against former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak. She defeated him by 81,326 votes to 60,399 in a ballot of party members — a narrower margin than polls had projected, illustrating the challenge she’ll face in trying to unite the party — and will now become Britain’s third female prime minister. (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/liz-truss-wins-leadership-race-114502071.html) The foreign secretary enjoyed double-digit leads over Sunak in polls of Tory members. That meant a Truss win has been anticipated for weeks, with markets reacting to her promise to tackle the cost-of-living crisis through tax cuts, and foreign capitals bracing for her combative brand of diplomacy.

Newsline: Former UK ambassador to Myanmar sentenced to one year in prison

Former British envoy to Myanmar was sentenced to one year in prison on Friday for immigration offense. (https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/nation-world/story/2022-09-02/diplomat-former-british-envoy-to-myanmar-sentenced-to-1-year-in-prison-for-immigration-offense) Last week, the authorities in Myanmar have detained Britain’s former ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation. Vicky Bowman, who run the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), and her husband, Htein Lin, a Burmese artist and former political prisoner, were detained last Wednesday. A statement from the junta said the couple were being investigated under the Immigration Act for staying at a different address than Bowman’s official registration specified, after moving to a different town. “It is found that Vicky Bowman violated the immigration act 13/1,” said the statement circulated to journalists. The law carries a sentence of six months to five years of prison time. The junta did not specify whether the couple was in custody, but a source said they were in detention at Insein Prison.

Newsline: Britain’s former ambassador to Myanmar detained in Yangon

Authorities in Myanmar have detained Britain’s former ambassador to the Southeast Asian nation, where a military junta seized power last year, three people with knowledge of the situation said on Thursday. Vicky Bowman, who currently runs the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB), and her husband, Htein Lin, a Burmese artist and former political prisoner, were detained on Wednesday, the sources said, asking not to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue. A source with knowledge of the situation said Bowman and her husband had been charged with immigration offences. (https://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/britains-former-myanmar-envoy-detained-in-yangon–sources-2731993 The arrest comes on the heels of Britain announcing that it is imposing fresh sanctions to target military-linked businesses in Myanmar and joining the case against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice. Three companies are being penalised with sanctions “in an effort to limit the military’s access to arms and revenue”, the British government said in a statement on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the Myanmar junta did not answer repeated calls seeking comment.