Forex Shortage: Three Embassies To Close Down
Posted 22,March

By Chehan Jayasuriya

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Due to the prevailing shortage of forex reserves in the country, the Ministry of External Affairs has decided to close down three overseas diplomatic missions of Sri Lanka. The decision was taken after considering issues caused by the forex shortage in the country.

Accordingly, operations of Sri Lankan Embassies in Baghdad, Iraq, and Oslo, Norway, along with the Consul General’s office in Sydney, Australia, will be terminated from the 31st of March.

Thereby, Sri Lankan affairs with Iraq will be conducted via the Consul General’s Office in Dubai, UAE. The Sri Lankan Embassy in Norway will conduct its affairs via the Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra will handle the affairs of the Sydney Consul General’s office.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the total number of overseas diplomatic missions of Sri Lanka would be reduced to 60 from 63 with the closing down of 3 missions.

The Ministry added that the shortage of dollars has resulted in difficulties in operating overseas diplomatic missions.