ECONOMYNEXT – Norway will close its embassy in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, from July 2023 as part of a reform of diplomatic missions abroad, according to a press release.
“The decision to close the embassy in Colombo has no bearing on bilateral relations between Norway and Sri Lanka,” the Norwegian embassy in Colombo said in a statement.
“The Norwegian government remains committed to continuing to develop friendly and constructive relations between our two countries.
“To ensure the continuation of the long-standing and friendly bilateral diplomatic relations, Norway intends to accredit a Head of Mission and assign diplomatic staff based in another Norwegian Embassy in the region to cover Sri Lanka. .”
Five Norwegian missions abroad will be closed.
“I am sad to share the news of the planned closure of the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo,” Norwegian Ambassador Trine Jøranli Eskedal said.
“This is the result of a wider process to determine how the Norwegian Foreign Service should be set up to deal with the changing geopolitical environment and protect Norwegian interests and is not related to Sri Lanka. especially.
“We will continue to maintain our warm bilateral relations with Sri Lanka. Development assistance will also continue.
Norway opened the embassy in Colombo in 1996, having had a Norad office in the country since 1976. An important part of the rationale for Norway’s presence in Sri Lanka had to do with Norway’s role in the process of peace and reconciliation.
Once the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo is closed, consular services in Sri Lanka will be provided by another Norwegian Embassy in the region.
There is already a visa center in New Delhi that handles Sri Lanka and Maldives visa applications, and applicants can visit a VFS office in Colombo for visa appointments. (Colombo/08/09/2022)