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Climate stalwart Ed Markey pleads with Rex Tillerson to keep climate change envoy

“One of the Senate’s top Democratic stalwarts on climate change is pushing back against Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s proposed move to eliminate the position of climate change envoy” writes John Siciliano for washingtonexaminer.com. “The special envoy for climate change was established to ensure American leadership on climate action and our clean energy future,” Markey said. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Nuclear deal to promote Iran-Britain ties: envoy

“Despite having the closest ties with the U.S. among the European countries, England has defended the nuclear deal” reports tehrantimes.com. TEHRAN – The international nuclear deal between Iran and world powers has paved the way for ties between Britain and Iran to flourish, London’s ambassador to Tehran Nicholas Hopton said on Saturday.The ambassador also renewed his country’s full commitment to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to which England is a signatory.The envoy also expressed hope for the clearing of banking hurdles, adding that…

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Trump Is Sending Kushner To Middle East For Peace Talks. That’ll Do The Trick.

“Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, was charged with helping to broker a deal between Israelis and Palestinians after Trump took office” reports huffingtonpost.com. The president went to Saudi Arabia and Israel during his first post-inauguration trip abroad and has expressed a personal commitment to reaching a deal that has eluded his Republican and Democratic predecessors. Trump directed that the talks focus on a pathway to peace talks, fighting “extremism,” easing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and identifying economic steps that can be taken to ensure…

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Donald Trump defies calls to appoint envoy to combat anti-Semitism

“Donald Trump has defied calls to appoint a special envoy to combat anti-Semitism across the world despite growing pressure from Jewish groups and Congress” writes Greg Wilford for independent.co.uk. President Trump is legally required to appoint a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position created under former president George W. Bush.But earlier this month Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told them special envoys were not productive and said appointing one could weaken efforts to tackle anti-Semitism. Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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Turkey protests ‘aggressive’ treatment of security officials after Washington street brawl

“The U.S. State Department said in a statement the conduct of Turkish security personnel during the incident was “deeply disturbing.”” writes Dave Clark for cnbc.com. A brawl erupted between protesters and Turkish security personnel outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence during Erdogan’s visit to Washington to meet U.S. President Donald Trump. The Turkish foreign ministry said it summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by U.S. security personnel to the security team of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.Turkey summoned the U.S ambassador on Monday to protest the treatment…

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UN envoy says government failing to stop spread of religious violence

“Myanmar must do more to prevent the drastic escalation of religious intolerance and violence following clashes between ultranationalist Buddhists and minority Muslims in Yangon, a senior United Nations envoy has said” writes Poppy Mcpherson for theguardian.com. Violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims engulfed Rakhine state in 2012, leaving hundreds dead and thousands more displaced, and it has spread to other cities, including Meiktila in 2013. Source: theguardian.com Share This:

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UN to push ahead with Syria peace talks while Assad says they’re just for show

“The U.N. envoy for Syria says a government delegation attending peace talks in Geneva is “here to work,” sidestepping comments by President Bashar Assad that the U.N.-mediated peace talks are just for show” reports businessinsider.com. Staffan de Mistura spoke to reporters a day before Tuesday’s start to what’s expected to be about four days of indirect talks between government and opposition envoys, marking the sixth round that he has mediated since early last year.The envoy said he wouldn’t comment on Assad’s remarks, aired by Belarus ONT television on Thursday. Source: businessinsider.com…

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Sohail Mahmood Set To Replace Abdul Basit As Pakistan’s Envoy To India

“ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s new envoy to India Sohail Mahmood is set to take over at the end of May, replacing current High Commissioner Abdul Basit whose term ends at the time, official sources said on Monday” reports huffingtonpost.in. Basit was appointed as Pakistan’s envoy to India in 2014. Mahmood has also served as the envoy to Thailand earlier. Source: huffingtonpost.in Share This:

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Macedonia ‘playing with fire,’ former peace envoy warns

“Nationalists in Macedonia are “playing with fire” in refusing to relinquish power and the European Union should consider halting its accession process in order to break a dangerous deadlock, said the former envoy who helped avert civil war in the Balkan country” reports telegraph.co.uk. Pieter Feith, who as NATO’s Balkans troubleshooter at the turn of the century helped negotiate a peace deal to end months of clashes between Macedonian security forces and ethnic Albanian guerrillas in 2001, warned of further escalation.A long-running political crisis in the former Yugoslav republic turned…

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