Posted by: africanpressorganization | 14 April 2010

Sweden to open embassies in Bamako, Chisinau, Phnom Penh and Tbilisi




Sweden to open embassies in Bamako, Chisinau, Phnom Penh and Tbilisi



STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 14, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Government today decided to open embassies in Bamako (Mali), Chisinau (Moldova), Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Tbilisi (Georgia).


We see a clear need to strengthen the Swedish diplomatic presence in these locations. Not least in light of the fact that we have significant development cooperation in these countries, which highlights the importance of a permanent presence in the form of independent missions abroad, says Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt.


In 2007, the Government decided to focus Swedish development assistance towards a limited number of countries. Sweden has had section offices in ten of these countries for some time. In order to support implementation of Swedish-financed development assistance projects in the best possible way, it is the Governments assessment that upgrading the section offices to embassies is justified.


The upgrade will take place in autumn 2010 and means that Sweden will be represented by an ambassador on site. The embassies will focus on dialogue and reporting on development cooperation, politics and trade issues. They will conduct limited activities in the areas of migration and consular services.



Sweden – Ministry of Foreign Affairs



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