Cabinet reviewing planned closure of some embassies

The government is reviewing the planned closure of the Czech embassy in Brazil and the Czech consulate in Sydney, Prime Minister Jan Fischer told journalists after Monday’s cabinet meeting. Mr. Fisher said the cabinet needed more time to assess the situation and weigh the options.

The government came under fire earlier this year after announcing plans to close down a number of embassies because of the recession. The embassies slated for closure are in Angola, Zimbabwe, Columbia, Canada and Brazil as well as the Czech consulate in Sydney, Australia. The planned move has evoked a wave of protests from people who would be inconvenienced by the decision and there has also been criticism from the foreign affairs committee in Parliament which said it had not been consulted on the matter.