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Britain and Canada to share foreign embassies

Published on Sep 25, 2012 10:13 AM
Canada's Foreign Minister John Baird (L) speaks during a news conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague on Parliament Hill in Ottawa September 24, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

OTTAWA (AFP) - Britain and Canada are to establish joint diplomatic missions and share embassy offices overseas in a bid to save money, the countries' foreign ministers announced jointly in Ottawa on Monday.

The arrangement will see the sharing of consular services in states where one of them does not have an embassy, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters.

For now, it affects only Haiti, where a British diplomat will soon work out of Canada's embassy, and Myanmar, where a Canadian official has already set up an office in the British high commission.

But more locations will be announced later as Canada and Britain are looking to trim their foreign office budgets by more than US$160 million (S$196 million) each, they said.

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