Norway: four new ambassadors appointed from Israel, Finland, Lithuania and Sri Lanka

The Norwegian authorities have announced that Norway has accepted the credentials of four new ambassadors appointed to Norway by the authorities of the countries they represent.

In a press release issued on September 22, the Foreign Ministry also said that among the four new ambassadors were the Ambassador of the State of Israel, HT Avraham Nir, the other Ambassador of the Republic of Finland, HE Teemu Tanner, Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania, HE Jonas Mazeika and Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri. Lanka, SE Dharshana Mahendra Perera.

In August, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda also accepted credentials from new ambassadors to Norway, Estonia, Moldova and the Netherlands who were elected by their governments, reports

In this regard, the President signed the relevant decrees for the appointment of Jonas Mažeika as the country’s ambassador to Norway, Raimonda Murmokaitė – as ambassador to Estonia, Tadas Valionis – as ambassador to Moldova and Neilas Tankevičius – as Ambassador to the Netherlands.

Mažeika took office in Oslo on September 5, replacing Jonas Paslauskas, whose term expired in June.

On the other hand, at the end of June, the Swiss Federal Council published the personnel changes for 2022, thus giving the titles of ambassadors which were announced for certain Swiss representations abroad and delegates of the headquarters of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Department of the Interior (DFI).

Recently, the Norwegian authorities announced the closure of five foreign stations in 2023, including three embassies, one embassy office and one consulate general.

According to the Norwegian government, the ministry will increase the staff of several foreign missions in 2023, especially in Europe, to cope with the workload.

As the government explains, the embassies that will close in 2023 include those in Bratislava (Slovakia), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Pristina (Kosovo). In addition, the embassy office in Antananarivo (Madagascar) and the consulate general in Houston (USA) will also be closed next year.

Norway currently has 101 foreign missions abroad, including those that will be closed. Meanwhile, based on these changes, Norway will have fewer foreign missions but approximately the same number of diplomats in post as today.

At the same time, in 2023, Norway will reinforce some stations outside Europe with foreign personnel. However, more local employees will be appointed to selected foreign stations in Europe and outside Europe.

According to the government, the increase in the number of diplomats and local employees from Norway in some foreign missions is mainly related to the government’s goal of increasing Norwegian exports.

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