Work continues uninterrupted despite closing some overseas missions – Foreign Minister

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) – Foreign Minister Prof. GL Peiris says that although some embassies were temporarily closed, they will be reopened soon considering the economic situation in the country.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna party headquarters yesterday (21), Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris said although some embassies and consulates have been closed, steps have been taken to continue their work through another embassy.

The government has decided to temporarily close several overseas offices including the consulate in Sydney, Australia, Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, the mission in Oslo, Norway and the embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from the 31st of March.

However, the government has decided to resume the missions’ work considering the economic situation of the country after one year.

“It is not possible to run embassies as they were established in 1948,” the Minister said

It is important to consider from time to time what embassies are important to Sri Lanka, in which countries new embassies should be set up and which embassies should be closed, the Minister said.

The current government has taken steps to open new embassies in Africa, considering the economic significance, the Minister note.

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