Sweden to Close Embassies, Consulates
Swedish opposition Social Democrats are sharply criticizing the Foreign Minstry’s money-saving plans to close down several embassies and consulates in countries around the world.
These include Nicaragua, Botswana, Angola, Poland’s Gdansk, Germany’s Hamburg, Thailand’s Puket and Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
The Social Democratic spokeman on foreign policy says the Russians gave permission to open the Swedish consulate in Kaliningrad only last year – and that closing it down now contradicts the center-right government’s statement that it wants to emphasize relations in the Baltic region.
In the meantime, new Swedish embassies are to be opened in Kabul, Khartoum and Minsk – and the Swedish embassy for Iraq now in Amman is to be moved to Bagdad.