What do diplomats wish for this Christmas?
What do diplomats wish for this Christmas?What do ambassadors talk about when they get together for dinner? Do they try to solve the problem of world peace over glasses of wine with stiff, icy honorifics ? Not!Ambassadors are among the coolest, most charming and relaxed people I know. Proof was the recent intimate dinner I attended at Manila House, hosted by Agnes Huibonhoa, Honorary Consul of Gambia, for two birthday celebrants. It also served as a farewell dinner for an ambassador and his wife who were leaving the Philippines the next day.We were talking about life as we know it now, and wha...
Azerbaijan, Ukraine mull bilateral cooperation
By Ayya LmahamadBilateral cooperation in various fields between Azerbaijan and Ukraine was discussed during the meeting between Azerbaijan Ambassador to Ukraine Elmira Akhundova and the Head of Poltava Regional Administration Oleg Sinegubov, Azertag has reported.During the meeting, the ambassador noted Azerbaijan’s readiness to increase export and import of products between two countries in the future. Noting that 85 percent of Azerbaijan’s economy is concentrated in the private sector, the ambassador underlined that Azerbaijani companies are interested in participation in natural gas producti...
Cindy McCain could be in line to be Biden's ambassador to Britain
Cindy McCain is reportedly the odds-on favorite to be named President-elect Joe Biden’s ambassador to Great Britain.The widow of former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has been tipped to be Biden’s envoy in London once he takes over the White House in January, the Times of London reported Saturday.Cindy McCain, a lifelong Republican, switched sides to campaign for Biden against President Donald Trump this fall.She is credited with helping nudge some Republicans away from Trump, especially in her home state of Arizona, where the McCain name is political gold.Cindy McCain woul...
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Chinese ambassador to scholars: Be channels of mutual learning
THE Embassy of the People’s Republic of China recently hosted an online gathering for recipients of the Chinese Ambassador Scholarships from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Philippine Normal University (PNU).Around 40 faculty members and students from both universities, led by UP-Diliman Chancellor Dr. Fidel R. Nemenzo and PNU President Dr. Bert J. Tuga, graced the special day hosted by the embassy on November 18. Both relayed their gratitude to Ambassador Huang Xilian in their remarks.Dr. Nemenzo believes UP will help in mutually constructing a win-win relationship between both...
French Senate’s resolution is not binding, says ambassador
By TrendThe French government’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh is unchanged, France does not recognize the so-called “Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh”, Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross told Trend.“The Senate resolution is not binding. Only dialogue between the parties can solve the conflict. Since the government’s position is entirely unchanged, I see no reason why French-Azerbaijani relations would be impacted. That would be unlogical,” he said.—Follow us on Twitter @AzerNewsAz
Biden is names ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield as ambassador to the UN
WASHINGTON – US President-elect Joe Biden named ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a career foreign service as ambassador to the UN.Thomas-Greenfield served in many positions during her 34-year service, including as ambassador to Liberia. She was posted in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, an at the US mission to the UN in Geneva. In 2013, she was appointed as assistant secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs, where she led the policy on sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas-Greenfield also served as director general of the foreign service and director of human resources and as deputy assistant secretary, p...
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Biden likely to pick Antony Blinken as secretary of state, Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador
Joe Biden is planning to announce that he has chosen Antony Blinken as secretary of state and Linda Thomas-Greenfield as his nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, according to a person close to the president-elect's team.Blinken is a longtime Biden confidant who served as No. 2 at the State Department and as deputy national security adviser in President Barack Obama's administration, in which Biden served as vice president.Blinken's appointment made another longtime Biden aide, Jake Sullivan, the top candidate for his U.S. national security adviser, the person said. Bloomberg News earl...
Brazil votes against Palestine at WHO assembly, Palestinian ambassador to Brazil: 'This is contrary to what Brazil believes'
It seems that what Brazil's current Minister of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Araújo said at the Brazilian Senate in February 2020: "There is unfortunately still vast anti-Israel bias in bodies like the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. I realised that during the last 15 years, up to 80 per cent of the Human Rights Council's resolutions were against Israel", was not political flirtation, but a fact that Bolsonaro's government was keen to implement. Since the start of Bolsonaro's presidency in October 2018, Brazil has drastically altered its foreign policy and strengthened its ties with Israe...
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Grapevine November 13, 2020: The protocol triumvirate
A most unusual sight at the President’s Residence this week was a protocol triumvirate. The occasion was the presentation of credentials by new ambassadors. Usually, a separate presentation ceremony is held for each ambassador, who is led into the hall with pomp and ceremony after inspecting a military honor guard and listening to his or her country’s national anthem played by a police or military band.Waiting to greet the new ambassadors are President Reuven Rivlin and senior members of his staff, together with appropriate representatives of Israel’s Foreign Ministry – namely, the people with...
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Argentine ambassador praises bilateral bonds
Argentina is eager to explore the vast Chinese market and also wants to become an attractive destination for Chinese investments, Argentina's Ambassador to China Luis Maria Kreckler said.Kreckler, who took up the position in July and was in Shanghai for the third China International Import Expo, or CIIE, said China is a solid strategic partner of Argentina. Argentina is a reliable food exporter to China and is eager to explore new market niches to increase its exports to the demanding Chinese market."In that sense, we see with great hope the opening of new market access to nontraditional agric...
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