Finland to Close Manila Embassy

The Finnish foreign ministry said in a statement Friday it would close two embassies as part of a range of measures aimed at cutting annual spending by about 1.3 million euros.

The ministry added that the embassy in Caracas in Venezuela would close its doors next year, with the embassy in Manila in the Philippines scheduled to close by the end of 2012.

Among other changes, the ministry is to abolish the post of roving ambassador for the western Balkans and establish one for the Caribbean.

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