SLOVAK representatives in foreign countries currently number 685 people, 399 of whom are diplomats and 286 of whom are administrative and technical employees or contract workers, the SITA newswire informed based on the report on the network of representative offices.
In 2012, the number of employees was 691, with 401 serving as diplomats.
The Foreign Ministry closed its representation in Kuala Lumpur and cancelled the consular functions of the general consulate in Los Angeles in 2013. The last diplomats will leave the west coast of the US in February 2014, SITA wrote.
On the other hand, in June the ministry opened an embassy in Chisinau, Moldova, and in December they are planning to open another in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Slovakia will thus have 90 representative offices in foreign countries as of December 1. There are 64 embassies, seven missions at international organisations, nine general consulates, one branch of a representative office, one Slovak Economic and Cultural Office and eight Slovak institutes, according to SITA.
Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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27. Nov 2013 at 14:00