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  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Individual to a Key Administration Post [Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs]

    02/23/2020 1:43:27 PM PST · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | 02/21/20 | White House
    Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint the following individual to a key position in his Administration:Roger D. Carstens of Virginia, to be the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.Roger D. Carstens is currently a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the Department of State, where he oversees the Bureau’s work in Near Eastern Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs, and the Office of Security and Human Rights.  Mr. Carstens previously worked overseas with international NGOs in Somalia and Jordan, where he provided humanitarian assistance and stability support to Syrian refugees and...
  • Trump envoy Jason Greenblatt resigns

    09/05/2019 9:10:19 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/9/19 | Gary Willig
    US Special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt resigned Thursday. Greenblatt was one of the key architects of the Trump Administration's long-waited peace plan, which has been dubbed the "Deal of the Century." He will remain in his position for several weeks until the Administration reveals the details of the peace plan, which is expected to be shortly after Israel's elections on September 17. In its announcement, the White House stated that Greenblatt had originally intended to serve as special envoy for two years, but stayed on longer...
  • Brett McGurk, An Obama Holdover, Has Resigned — Here’s Why You Should Recognize His Name

    12/23/2018 2:35:31 PM PST · by blueyon · 43 replies ^ | 12/23/18 | Lawrence Richard
    On Saturday, Brett McGurk submitted his resignation and is leaving the Trump administration. McGurk served as the US envoy in a global anti-ISIS coalition and reportedly resigned amid President Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria—a decision which also reportedly led to the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
  • Palestinians' envoy to US faces silence from White House

    02/21/2018 10:26:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2018 12:15 AM EST | Josh Lederman
    A few miles down the road from Israel’s gated embassy, the Palestinian envoy to Washington sits in his office wrestling with a unique diplomatic dilemma: how to advance his people’s cause when relations with the United States are so distant that he hasn’t even spoken to the White House in months. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has written off President Donald Trump, cursing him and declaring him an illegitimate broker for peace. Trump has reacted angrily, threatening to cut off all U.S. aid and dismissing Palestinian claims that he blew up any semblance of impartiality by declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s...
  • Trump's envoy blasts 'cowardly' Hamas

    02/18/2018 2:43:56 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/18 | Elad Benari
    Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Sunday evening condemned Gaza’s Hamas leaders in the wake of the recent attacks on Israel. “HAMAS hides improvised explosive device to attack Israeli soldiers & is shooting rockets at Israel again! Such cowardly acts will only escalate violence, not build the prosperous society the people of Gaza deserve!” he tweeted. .....
  • Palestinians recall envoy to US

    12/31/2017 6:59:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 31 December 2017
    The Palestinians have announced they are recalling their envoy to the United States for “consultations”, weeks after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any US peace plan in the wake of Mr. Trump’s move. Protests and clashes broke out in the Gaza Strip after the announcement. A UN resolution calling on the US to cancel the decision was backed overwhelmingly by the General Assembly. …
  • 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 Washington’s 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. Trump’s 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. Trump’s 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 government’s 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. “That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world,” he said in a statement. “It’s why we’re building our capacity to respond rapidly to violence against LGBT persons, and it’s...
  • 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 d’affaires 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 Britain’s 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 Ma’an 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 community’s official policy to isolate the group. Robert Serry described his office’s 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-Qa’ida or any other terrorist group is plotting any kind of attack overseas to coincide with the upcoming anniversary of September...