diplomatic relations

Berlin Instructs Moscow To Close 4 Of Its 5 Consulates In Germany

Three months after Germany ordered the removal of more than 30 Russian diplomats from the country on the suspicion they were actually spies, Berlin has now ordered the Kremlin to close 4 of the 5 consulates it maintains in Germany. The order to close the consulates comes after Moscow puts limits on the number of staff allowed at the German Embassy and other facilities in Russia. According to German Foreign Ministry spokesman, Chirstofer Burger, Berlin ordered the closures to ensure “parity of personnel and structures” between the two countries.

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Saudi Arabia To Reopen Consulate In Syria

More than a decade after closing its consulate in Damascus due to the onset of the U.S.-led war on Syria in 2011, Saudi Arabia will reopen its Syrian consulate following Ramadan. Preparations for the reopening will occur during an upcoming visit to Syria by Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan, who will meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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