Sri Lanka to temporarily close Embassies in Oslo, Baghdad, and Consulate General in Sydney

According to Sri Lanka's foreign ministry, it is part of a general restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic representation overseas, undertaken by the Foreign Ministry in the context of the current economic situation and foreign currency constraints faced by the country.

Sri Lanka to temporarily close Embassies in Oslo,  Baghdad, and Consulate General in Sydney
Sri Lanka to temporarily close Embassies in Oslo, Baghdad, and Consulate General in Sydney

Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has decided to temporarily close the Embassy in Oslo, the Kingdom of Norway; the Republic of Iraq, the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Sydney and the Commonwealth of Australia with effect from 30 April 2022.

The Cabinet of Ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has initiated action to temporarily close down the embassies. 

According to Sri Lanka's foreign ministry, it is part of a general restructuring of Sri Lanka’s diplomatic representation overseas, undertaken by the Foreign Ministry in the context of the current economic situation and foreign currency constraints faced by the country.

Following the closure of the two resident Missions, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Stockholm, Sweden will be concurrently accredited to Norway, and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates will be concurrently accredited to Iraq. The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Sydney will revert to the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra, Australia.

The Foreign Ministry will undertake appropriate measures to address all consular-related matters of Sri Lankan citizens residing in Norway and Iraq, and within the consular jurisdiction of Sydney, through the new accreditation/arrangement as detailed above; as well as through the respective Honorary Consulates of Sri Lanka located in Norway, Oslo and Australia. The Foreign Ministry will carefully monitor the transition process.

The decision to close the resident Missions in Norway and Iraq, undertaken as a temporary measure in the current context, would not in any way impinge upon Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the two countries which are maintained at an optimum level of friendship and cordiality.