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Belgium has announced the opening of four new embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the status of embassy as of 1 February 2018, the cnbcafrica.com website reported.
The current upgrade reinforces all fields of the Belgian foreign policy in a comprehensive approach: bilateral cooperation, diplomacy, development cooperation, defence, security and justice. It will make it easier to align all these policies.
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Through the upgrade to the status of embassy, our country will have henceforth full-fledged diplomatic representations in these four partner countries of the Belgian development cooperation. For the time being, the embassies will not provide additional consular services. The diplomatic offices were initially created as diplomatic offices for development cooperation.
The conversion will be implemented at a minimal cost. The current heads of mission will continue to manage the mission. Subsequently, new ambassadors will be posted on the occasion of the next diplomatic movements.
(Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Kingdom of Belgium – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.)
News source: www.cnbcafrica.com
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