Nicaragua: The Icelandic Embassy in Managua closed on 1st August



Samuel Santos, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Nicaragua and Sighvatur Björgvinsson, Director General of ICEIDA had a meeting in Managua last Tuesday regarding the decision of the Icelandic Government to close the Icelandic Embassy in the country, which at the same time is ICEIDA´s Country Office. Besides them, Valdeack Jaentschke Assistant Minister of Development, Robert Leal Head of Department of European Affairs, Geir Oddson ICEIDA´s Country Director in Nicaragua and Gerður Gestsdóttir Project Manager for Social Projects, attended the meeting.

At the end of the meeting, the following joint statement was made:

The ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Icelandic Embassy in Nicaragua make known that because of the impact of the global financial crisis on the Icelandic economy; the Government of Iceland has decided to close its embassy in Managua as of 1st August 2009.

The Government of Iceland will hold all its commitments towards Nicaragua according to the agreement between the Government of Iceland and the Government of Nicaragua, signed in Managua 26th June 2006 and confirmed by the Parliament in 2007.

Development cooperation between Nicaragua and Iceland strengthened in 2008 when the first consultative meeting of the two countries was held. Icelandic support has been in the sectors of energy, education and health.

The Nicaraguan nation and its Government thank their partner nation in Iceland for the solidarity it has shown during the years, which we will continue to develop in diplomatic relations, both bilateral and multilateral. At the same time we wish that quick solution will be found to the economic problems our partner country is facing and wish that soon we can enjoy support and cooperation with Iceland.

Managua, 24th March 2009.

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