The Angolan Foreign Ministry has completed the process of selecting the 10 diplomatic missions that will be temporarily deactivated until the country has better financial conditions to re-open them, the secretary general of the Ministry said in Luanda.
Agostinho Van-Dúnem, who was speaking on the third day of a seminar given to financial and administrative attaches to the Ministry, added that the decommissioning process could take between six and 12 months.
The Secretary-General, who did not name the missions to be closed, said that the process would continue, noting that the procedure had undergone its planning and quantification phase and was now entering the implementation phase. He added that conditions were currently being created for staff to return to Angola and negotiate the termination of locally hired staff.
Last January officials announced that the Consulate General in Macau was one of 25 Angolan diplomatic representations that could be closed, out of nine embassies and 16 consulates, as well as 10 commercial representations, according to programme of cutbacks put forward by the Secretariat for Diplomatic Affairs and International Cooperation of the Presidency of the Republic of Angola. (macauhub)