Foreign Ministry shuffles posts

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Norway’s diplomatic presence overseas is facing more changes because “the world is changing, and we see a clear shift in the power balance to new regions and countries, especially in Asia,” Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said this week.

Støre said it was “important” for Norway to alter its diplomatic presence in relation to the changes, and that means some countries will get more staff and others less.

Nine countries will receive more personnel including Indonesia, Brazil, Russia and India, Støre said. Norway’s embassy in Skopje, Macedonia, however, will be closed, reported news bureau NTB.

Norway’s general consulate in Hamburg will also be reduced, to an honorary general consulate, while the consulate in Alicante, Spain will be closed. Norway’s embassy in Madrid, however, will receive one additional position.

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