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  • Visit of China Envoy to North Korea Watched Closely

    11/20/2017 1:05:34 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 5 replies
    Voice of Asia ^ | Nov. 11, 2017 | Bill Ide
    BEIJING — Envoys from the United States and China recently traveled to the Korean peninsula, just days after President Donald Trump wrapped up his first trip to the region. The visits, particularly the journey of a Chinese envoy to North Korea, which Trump has called a “big move,” has raised expectations that efforts toward a diplomatic solution may be gaining some traction. Song Tao, a special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping, met in Pyongyang with senior North Korean officials Saturday. According to North Korea’s state media, the two exchanged views about issues of mutual concern on the situation of...
  • China Will Send A High-Level Envoy To North Korea On Friday, After Met With Trump

    11/14/2017 8:03:10 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 5 replies
    AP via Twitter ^ | 11/14/17
    China will send a high-level envoy to North Korea on Friday, days after President Xi Jinping met with Trump
  • Turkey's Erdogan blames U.S. envoy for diplomatic crisis

    10/10/2017 7:28:29 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 10, 2017 / 4:10 AM / Updated 8:40 | Ercan Gurses
    ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan blamed the U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Tuesday for a diplomatic crisis between the two countries and said Ankara no longer considered him Washingtons envoy. In a blunt and personal attack on outgoing ambassador John Bass, Erdogan suggested Bass acted unilaterally in suspending visa services in Turkey after the arrest of a U.S. consulate worker, and said agents had infiltrated U.S. missions.
  • Kushner and Flynn Met With Russian Envoy in December, White House Says

    03/02/2017 3:11:31 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 77 replies
    NY Times ^ | 03/02/17 | MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Jared Kushner, Mr. Trumps son-in-law and now a senior adviser, also participated in the meeting at Trump Tower with Mr. Flynn and Sergey I. Kislyak, the Russian ambassador. But among Mr. Trumps inner circle, it is Mr. Flynn who appears to have been the main interlocutor with the Russian envoy the two were in contact during the campaign and the transition, Mr. Kislyak and current and former American officials have said. But the extent and frequency of their contacts remains unclear, and the disclosure of the meeting at Trump Tower adds to the emerging picture of how the relationship...
  • Netanyahu, US envoy trade jabs over ‘two-standards’ of law in West Bank

    01/18/2016 10:22:15 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies ^ | 1/18/16 | HERB KEINON
    The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed as “unacceptable and wrong” uncharacteristically sharp public criticism of Israel’s legal standards leveled Monday by US envoy Dan Shapiro, who said at times there seemed to be one standard of law in the West Bank for Israelis, and another for Palestinians. “As Israel's devoted friend, and its most stalwart partner, we believe that Israel must develop stronger and more credible responses to questions about the rule of law in the West Bank,” Shapiro said during an address at the annual Institute for Strategic Studies (INSS) Conference in Tel Aviv. Noting that the recent indictments in...
  • Envoy: European Jews 'Bankrupted' by Security Costs

    03/13/2015 4:07:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 3/13/15 | staff
    Many Jewish bodies in Europe are being bankrupted by the growing need for security measures, the State Department's special envoy on anti-Semitism said on Friday, according to AFP. Jewish communities in Europe are on edge after being targeted by Islamist gunmen in recent attacks in France and Denmark. But even before that, many said they were victims of a growing tide of anti-Semitic crime, with the number of Jews leaving France for Israel nearly doubling between 2013 and 2014. "Every Jewish community in western Europe certainly needs security support. Many of them are being bankrupted by the money they have...
  • Kerry names LGBT envoy (QIA kicked to the curb)

    02/24/2015 3:02:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/23/15 | Lydia Wheeler
    The State Department has appointed its first special envoy to promote LGBT rights globally. Randy Berry, a senior U.S. Foreign Service officer will oversee the governments efforts to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people around the world. Secretary of State John Kerry said that too often, in too many countries, LGBT people are threatened, jailed and prosecuted. Thats why were working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world, he said in a statement. Its why were building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and its...
  • US envoy to Mideast resigns after collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    06/27/2014 3:00:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies ^ | 6/27/14 | staff
    US Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk has resigned following the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. A US official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not provide a reason for Indyk's departure, which had been widely expected after the two sides failed to meet their goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement this spring. Indyk will return to the Washington-based Brookings Institution think tank, the official said. US Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed on Friday that Indyk was leaving his post as top US envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Kerry praised Indyk and thanked him for his...
  • US envoy in Sudan forced to resign after accepting Islam (should this surprise us?)

    02/12/2014 5:17:00 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    World Bulletin ^ | 06 February 2014 | World Bulletin / News Desk
    The US charge daffaires in Khartoum, Joseph D Stafford, resigned from his post after he converted to Islam, Sudanese local media sources said. Stafford told the foreign ministry that his resignation was made for "personal reasons" but Sudanese sources claimed that the envoy was forced to resign after he turned to Islam. Sources said that Stafford has recorded visits to the headquarters of Ansar al-Sunnah in Sudan and established a close relationship with a number of Sudanese clerics through these visits. The U.S. State Department has not made any statement to confirm or deny the news on Joseph Stafford. After...
  • Senate Panel Passes Religious Freedom Envoy Bill Opposed by Administration

    12/19/2013 10:49:28 AM PST · by gooblah · 1 replies
    CNSnews ^ | December 19 2013 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( What a difference a year makes. Amid growing awareness of the plight of religious minorities in Arab spring countries and other parts of the Islamic world, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday passed legislation creating a special envoy post to focus on the issue.
  • Envoy Sent to London: Berlin Denies Rift with UK over WWI Centenary

    08/20/2013 1:44:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 19, 2013 06:33 PM | Friederike Heine
    The German Foreign Ministry on Monday denied allegations that it was attempting to influence Britains plans to commemorate the 2014 centenary of the outbreak of World War I. A spokesman for the ministry confirmed reports that it had sent an envoy to London in early August to discuss the centenary ceremonies. But he added: There was no intervention of any kind in how our friends and partners intend to shape their commemoration of World War I. The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday that the visit by Andreas Meitzner, a German diplomat tasked with coordinating European commemoration plans for the centenary,...
  • Arab Students Chase British Envoy From Ramallah College

    03/05/2013 2:22:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/3/13 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Scores of violent Arab students forced the British consul general to make a hasty departure from a university in Ramallah on Tuesday, according to witness reports. Consul General Sir Vincent Fean had travelled to Bir Zeit University near Ramallah to deliver a lecture on Britain's policy in the Middle East and the prospects for peace but was turned away by vehement Arab demonstrators, the Maan news agency reported. Video footage showed protesters banging on his car and shouting: "Get out of Bir Zeit!" Although Fean was hurriedly escorted back to his car and escaped unscathed, the protesters manage to break...
  • U.N. envoy to Middle East acknowledges quiet engagements with Hamas

    11/25/2012 10:33:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    mcclatchy ^ | 11/25/12 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for years, despite the international communitys official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his offices contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as quiet engagements and said his office was working now, in the wake of a cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of Israeli bombardment of Gaza, hoping to help the parties get to a more durable solution. Because we are on the ground we...
  • Busted! State Department Scrubs Damning Memo From Website Following Deadly 9-11 Consulate Attacks

    09/15/2012 6:53:03 PM PDT · by Fred · 132 replies
    GateWay Pundit ^ | 091512 | Jim Hoft
    On Wednesday September 12, 2012 blogger Speak With Authority discovered that five days before 9-11, the US State Department sent out a memo announcing no credible security threats against the United States on the anniversary of 9-11. The Overseas Security Advisory Council, who posted the memo, is part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security under the U.S. Department of State. The OSAC memo said: Terrorism and Important Dates Global 9/6/2012 OSAC currently has no credible information to suggest that al-Qaida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September...
  • Libya attack: Obama vows justice for killed US envoy

    09/12/2012 3:02:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 105 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/12/12 | BBC
    US President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice those who killed the US ambassador to Libya during protests against a film that mocks Islam. But he told reporters that the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi would not break the bonds between the US and the new Libyan government. His election rival Mitt Romney criticised his handling of the crisis. Ambassador J Christopher Stevens reportedly died of smoke inhalation after a crowd stormed the consulate. Three other Americans were also killed and the consulate set ablaze, in what the White House described as a "complex" attack. Unconfirmed...
  • Despite Photo, State Dept. Says U.S. Envoy Didn't Bow to Statue of Dictator

    09/05/2012 9:35:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/5/12 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( The Obama administrations new ambassador to Azerbaijan raised eyebrows this week with a gesture interpreted by some as paying homage to the countrys late dictator a one-time KGB general installed by military coup who oversaw an autocratic regime before handing power to his son. The new U.S. envoy to Azerbaijan, Richard Morningstar, has honored memory of national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev, the Azeri news site News.Az reported. The newly appointed ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the United States in Azerbaijan visited the monument to great leader in the park in front of the Heydar Aliyevs Palace....
  • Egypt: Israeli Ambassador Welcome Any Time

    11/22/2011 9:20:20 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Diplomatic sources in Cairo said the Egyptian government is willing to receive the new Israeli ambassador whenever Israel wishes to send them. The matter is not dependent on diplomatic or security conditions, Cairo daily Al Ahram quoted them as saying Wednesday. The sources said that that the timing for the arrival of a new ambassador is up to Israel and that the Egyptian government will not intervene in the matter. The outgoing Israeli ambassador, Yitzchak Levanon who has been in Israel since shortly after a mob stormed the Cairo embassy two months ago returned to Cairo Sunday for...
  • New U.S. envoy in Israel to clear obstacles for Obamas second term

    08/04/2011 8:45:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 8/4/11 | Akiva Eldar
    Dan Shapiro, the new American ambassador to Israel, submitted his credentials to President Shimon Peres on Wednesday. That same day, he submitted a declaration of support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: In an interview with Channel 2 television, he downplayed the lack of trust between Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama and the latter's rage and sense of insult over Netanyahu's appearance before Congress in May, treating their serial disputes as routine disagreements between friends. Shapiro noted that he was present at all the many meetings between Obama and Netanyahu. So who are we to cast doubt on a videotaped
  • Israeli envoy denounces Spanish 'hatred'

    07/16/2011 10:22:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    Israel's ambassador in Spain, Raphael Schutz, who is about to leave his post, denounced the "anti-Semitism and hatred that exist in Spanish society" in a message on the embassy website Saturday. Schutz, who served in the post for a total of four years, referred to his time in Spain as "not very pleasant." (Snip) ''I also take with me the hatred and the anti-Semitism that still exist in Spanish society, and which I experienced personally," he wrote. The outgoing ambassador cited Israel's Operation Cast Lead in Gaza in 2008-9 and the lethal flotilla raid in 2010 as especially difficult periods.
  • Hugo Chavez dares Obama to cut diplomatic relations after rejecting envoy

    12/29/2010 10:31:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/28/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Hugo Chavez went on national television to dare Barack Obama to cut diplomatic relations with Venezuela after Chavez rejected Obama’s choice to replace Ambassador Patrick Duddy, who left in July. Chavez objected to comments made by nominee Larry Palmer that suggested that Chavez was sheltering Colombian rebels and Palmer’s criticism of the actions of the legislature, which gave Chavez 18 months of rule by decree in order to ignore the new National Assembly taking office next month, one with enough opposition to block Chavez’ proposals: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dared the United States to expel his ambassador or cut off...