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Archive for October 31, 2018

Newsline: Angola to close embassy in Canada

Diplomats representing the resource-rich African nation are packing up their heritage building and heading home after 21 years and three ambassadors to Canada. Angola is planning to close its embassy in Ottawa, along with its diplomatic missions in several other countries. The embassy planned to close its doors to the public at the end of October, local staff member Manuel Kingunda confirmed on Oct. 25. After that, embassy staff will continue to do some internal work to wrap things up, while all public inquiries will be answered by the Angolan Embassy in Washington, D.C., he said.

https://www.hilltimes.com/2018/10/31/angola-close-embassy-canada/173879

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Newsline: Britain to open embassy in Djibouti in diplomatic shake-up

Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is preparing for a massive expansion of the country’s diplomatic network, with more than 1,000 extra staff at home and abroad, as part of a review of its global ambitions for the post-Brexit era. The plans include a new embassy in Djibouti. The move reflects concerns that the British government needs to address instability there, following the seizure in February by Djibouti of the Red Sea container port Doraleh from DP World. The tiny east African state has rejected a London court ruling that barred Djibouti from considering DP World’s pact terminated. Mr Hunt will set out an ambitious plan for Britain become an “invisible chain that links the world’s democracies” in a speech at the Policy Exchange think tank on Wednesday.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/britain-to-open-embassy-in-djibouti-in-diplomatic-shake-up-1.786252