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Newsline: Czech Republic to close some embassies

The government of the Czech Republic announced plans to begin closing embassies, consulates and cultural centers around the world to save money. Deputy Foreign Minister Hynek Kmonicek said the embassy in Angola, the consulate in Montreal and the cultural Czech Center in Dresden, Germany, were among the facilities slated for closure. “At the end of September, we also plan to close our embassy to Colombia in Bogota and also our consulate general in Sydney, Australia,” Kmonicek said. The government has already closed its embassy in Zimbabwe. Kmonicek said the government would be looking to expand a project called Visegrad House, which is an agreement by the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary to pool foreign ministry operations.



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