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Andras Simonyi: Keep US Embassy in Tunisia Open as Anti-Terror Message

By    |   Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 12:04 PM

It’s important for the U.S. to keep its embassy in Tunisia open after the warnings on social media by an Islamic State (ISIS)-affiliated group of a terror attack on the country, according to Andras Simonyi, the former Hungarian ambassador to the United States.

"It's a strong message that the U.S. embassy remains open," Simonyi said during a Thursday appearance on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"It's a strong message of solidarity, a message that the United States feels strongly about Tunisian democracy and will not back off just because there is a terrible terrorist attack."

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The ominous social media threat came two days before gunmen opened fire at a Tunis museum, killing 21 people, including 20 foreign tourists.

Simonyi also weighed in on reports of calls to the U.S. Embassy in Japan threatening to kill Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and the U.S. consul general.

"Americans have been a target for a long time just because it's America, just because it stands for democracy, for freedom, just because it opposes totalitarian regimes," he said. "But there's something very special about the threat on Ambassador Kennedy.

"Look, there are very few names in the world that are as recognizable as the Kennedy name and, if you want, Caroline Kennedy is the perfect person to be threatened and attacked.

"When you attack a Kennedy, someone from the Kennedy family, it's almost like attacking the president of the United States," he said. The presidency "is an institution that stands for democracy and freedom and that's really the point. I hope people understand the context of this when they attack, when they threaten the life of Ambassador Kennedy. It's a really strong message about America.

"I do hope she's well protected and that she will not be harmed."

The threat against Kennedy and the recent knife attack on Mark Lippert, the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, are good examples "for the public to understand that diplomacy is not just partying and tuxedos at cocktail parties," Simonyi said.

"It is hard work and sometimes diplomats are in harm's way."

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