Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hungary revamps foreign missions, opening new embassies in Mongolia, Ecuador

BUDAPEST, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The Hungarian cabinet is revamping its international mission structure, opening embassies in Ulan Bator, Mongolia and Quito, Ecuador, while closing down the ones in Nicosia, Cyprus and Tallinn, Estonia, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Anna Nagy told local wire service MTI on Tuesday.

The new embassies are to open on January 1, 2015, while the closures are slated for September 15, 2014, she added. January 1 will also mark the opening of four new consulate generals: in Kazan, Russia; Dusseldorf and Stuttgart, Germany; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

In a streamlining bid, Hungary plans to combine its United Nations (UNO) and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) missions in Vienna and its UN and World Trade Organization (WTO) missions in Geneva as of September 15. Its UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) offices in Paris will be merged as if December 31.

Hungary has already closed down several embassies and consulate generals in a 2009 cost-cutting effort.

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