The Austrian government is reopening its honorary consulate in Mombasa after four years of closure. A statement from the Austrian Embassy in Nairobi indicated it had appointed a new honorary consul for Mombasa to start working from next week. “We are delighted to be able to announce the official re-opening of our Honorary Consulate in Mombasa on May 2, after a hiatus of three years,” the statement said. “We also believe that in Honorary Consul Saleem Ghalia, we have found somebody with an unmatched experience and excellent qualifications for the position. We trust he will be the right person in furthering bilateral relations between Kenya and Austria while acting as a first point of contact for Austrians in Coast Province.” Mr Ghalia also serves as the honorary consul for the Germany government in Mombasa. Honorary consuls are generally not career diplomats and are appointed to perform diplomatic and consular roles, sometimes without pay, as they do their main businesses where they pay taxes.
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