Sweden decides to close embassy in Sri Lanka
[TamilNet, Friday, 24 July 2009, 13:14 GMT]
The Government of Sweden Thursday decided to close its Embassy in
Colombo and the Consulates-General in Kaliningrad, Canton, Los Angeles
and New York. “The closure of the Embassy in Colombo is to be
completed by 31 March 2010 at the latest. In connection with the
Government's review of development cooperation in 2007 a decision was
made to end Sweden's bilateral development assistance to Sri Lanka.
Existing development cooperation agreements will be seen through to
their conclusion, a press statement of the Swedish embassy said.
"The aim is to be able to open an honorary consulate
that, in cooperation with the Embassy in New Delhi, can provide
service to Swedish citizens and companies. Visa services will be
managed within the framework of Schengen cooperation”, the press
release further stated.