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Sri Lanka to close embassies in Norway and Iraq

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The Ministry stated the choice of non permanent closure of the 2 embassies and a consulate by the federal government was a part of a normal restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic illustration abroad

The Ministry stated the choice of non permanent closure of the 2 embassies and a consulate by the federal government was a part of a normal restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic illustration abroad

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka has determined to briefly shut its embassies in Norway and Iraq, in addition to the nation’s Consulate General in Sydney, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Tuesday.

A press release from the ministry stated the choice will take impact from April 30.

The Ministry stated the choice of non permanent closure of the 2 embassies and a consulate by the federal government got here after cautious deliberation and was a part of a normal restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic illustration abroad.

It is available in context of the present financial disaster and overseas forex constraints confronted by Sri Lanka that has led to protests throughout the nation and resignations en-mass from Sri Lanka’s cupboard.

According to the assertion, following the closure of the 2 resident missions, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Sweden’s Stockholm will likely be concurrently accredited to Norway and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi will likely be concurrently accredited to Iraq.

The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Sydney will revert to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra, Australia, the Foreign Ministry stated.

The ministry has assured that it’s going to undertake applicable measures to deal with all consular-related issues of Sri Lankan residents residing in Norway and Iraq, and throughout the consular jurisdiction of Sydney, by means of the brand new accreditation as talked about, in addition to by means of the respective Honorary Consulates of Sri Lanka situated in Norway, Oslo and Australia.

The ministry additional acknowledged that it’s going to fastidiously monitor the transition course of.

The determination of closure of the resident missions undertaken as a brief measure wouldn’t in any manner impinge upon Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the 2 international locations, the overseas ministry stated.

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