FOREIGN MINISTRY WARNS: BE CAREFUL IN KENYA DUE TO TENSION OVER ELECTIONS

Amid fears that violence could accompany the outcome of Kenya’s presidential election held on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry urged Israelis in the country to be alert and stay away from large gatherings of people in the country’s cities, especially Nairobi. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was running in a very tight race with his long-time rival Raila Odinga, who served as the country’s prime minister from 2008 to 2013. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta was running in a very tight race with his long-time rival Raila Odinga, who served as the country’s prime minister from 2008 to 2013. The Foreign Ministry also … Continue reading FOREIGN MINISTRY WARNS: BE CAREFUL IN KENYA DUE TO TENSION OVER ELECTIONS

Russia is retaliating against new US sanctions in a big way

Russia will force the US diplomatic mission in the country to eliminate hundreds of people from its workforce by September 1, President Vladimir Putin told state TV in an interview that aired on Sunday. “More than 1,000 workers — diplomats and support staff — were working and are still working in Russia; 755 must stop their activity in the Russian Federation,” Putin said. This does not mean, as early news reports suggested, that 755 US diplomats will be expelled from the country entirely — but it is a serious cut to America’s diplomatic presence in Russia. The order is retaliation, … Continue reading Russia is retaliating against new US sanctions in a big way

Sudan: Foreign Ministry Summons Iraqi Charge d’Affaires Over Torturing Sudanese Citizen in Basra

Khartoum — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned, Monday, the Iraqi Charge D’Affaires in Khartoum, Ambassador Mohammed Samir Hassan, where the Director General of the Department of Consular Affairs, officially informed him on the Sudanese government’s protest against the torturing of Sudanese citizen, Musa al-Bashir , who was tortured and physically abused after leaving a hospital where he received treatment from a gunshot wound sustained during clashes between armed groups near the city of Basra. The Iraqi diplomat expressed his regret and apology over this incident and pledged to convey this message to his government for an urgent investigation and … Continue reading Sudan: Foreign Ministry Summons Iraqi Charge d’Affaires Over Torturing Sudanese Citizen in Basra

Russian Foreign Ministry Says Time to End Russia-US Dispute on INF Treaty

Russia and the United States should end their dispute over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. VIENNA (Sputnik) — Russia and the United States should once and for all end their dispute over the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) after holding the appropriate amount of meetings to resolve all related issues, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s department for arms control, Mikhail Ulyanov, told RIA Novosti on Thursday. “In fact, it seems to me, that the time has come to close this issue. We should hold one or several meetings among the authorized representatives of the two sides and … Continue reading Russian Foreign Ministry Says Time to End Russia-US Dispute on INF Treaty

Bangladesh at the ‘forefront’ of disarmament diplomacy: Foreign ministry

Bangladesh stands at the “forefront” of disarmament diplomacy, setting examples for countries in South Asia and beyond, the foreign ministry has said. It said Bangladesh had signed and ratified the core disarmament treaties including NPT, CTBT, CWC, CCW, BTWC, and APMBT. “Mentionable, Bangladesh is the first country in South Asia to ratify the CTBT or Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty,” the ministry said in a statement after a seminar on Wednesday at the foreign ministry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the European Union organised the seminar on ‘The Hague Code of Conduct against Proliferation of Ballistic Missiles’. The seminar … Continue reading Bangladesh at the ‘forefront’ of disarmament diplomacy: Foreign ministry

Egypt To End Visa-Free Entry For Qataris: Egyptian Foreign Ministry

Qatari nationals with Egyptian mothers, those married to Egyptians, and Qataris studying in Egypt will be exempt from having to apply for a visa. CAIRO: Egypt will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Monday, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments are boycotting. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar on June 5, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the tiny Gulf monarchy, after accusing it of financing militant groups and allying with their regional arch-foe Iran. Doha denies the … Continue reading Egypt To End Visa-Free Entry For Qataris: Egyptian Foreign Ministry

U.S.-China Trade Talks Sputtering at 100-Day Deadline

SHANGHAI/BEIJING — Bilateral talks aimed at reducing the U.S. trade deficit with China have yielded some initial deals, but U.S. firms say much more needs to be done as a deadline for a 100-day action plan expires on Sunday. The negotiations, which began in April, have reopened China’s market to U.S. beef after 14 years and prompted Chinese pledges to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas. American firms have also been given access to some parts of China’s financial services sector. More details on the 100-day plan are expected to be announced in the coming week as senior U.S. and Chinese … Continue reading U.S.-China Trade Talks Sputtering at 100-Day Deadline

Brazil foreign ministry hit by barrage of malicious emails

The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it was forced to disconnect from the internet for several hours after being bombarded by malicious emails. The ministry said in a statement that technicians unplugged its internet connections after every email address in its system received a virus. It said service was restored after an eight-hour outage and no damage was detected to its network. It is not unheard of for government agencies to take extreme measures to fight hackers. In 2014, the U.S. State Department took its unclassified email system offline for several days in an effort to kick out persistent … Continue reading Brazil foreign ministry hit by barrage of malicious emails

Turkey to Open Embassy in Monrovia, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu Discloses

Monrovia – The Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, has disclosed that his country has decided to open an embassy in Monrovia. Mr. Çavuşoğlu noted that his historic visit here, the first ever visit of a Turkish foreign minister to Liberia, is a testament of his country’s desire to improve and deepen all aspects of its relationship with Liberia which has a unique standing in the history and politics of Africa. He stressed that the relationship between both countries continue to develop progressively, and is appreciative that its growth potential is huge. According to a … Continue reading Turkey to Open Embassy in Monrovia, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu Discloses

Egypt Says Arab Foreign Ministers Boycotting Qatar to Meet Tillerson

CAIRO — Foreign ministers from the four Arab states leading the boycott of Qatar will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah on Wednesday to discuss the crisis, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. “Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received an invitation from his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir to attend a meeting of foreign ministers from the four Arab states boycotting Qatar with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Jeddah tomorrow,” the ministry said in a statement. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain imposed sanctions on Qatar … Continue reading Egypt Says Arab Foreign Ministers Boycotting Qatar to Meet Tillerson