Opening of Austrian Embassy in Minsk: Belarus Acts as an Important Bridge

OrganizationsDiplomatic Missions ♦ Published: February 12, 2016; 18:30 ♦ (Vindobona)

On 9 February 2016, the Austrian Embassy in Minsk was officially opened by the Secretary General for Foreign Affairs Michael Linhart. The opening of the embassy is an important element in the restructuring process launched by Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz to bring about a strategic re-orientation of the diplomatic representation network. "Austria is thus sending out a signal that the EU's immediate neighbourhood is one of its foreign policy priorities", Linhart pointed out.

Secretary General Michael Linhart: Belarus acts as an important bridge / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Zscout370 [Public Domain]

Since September 2013 Austria had been represented in Minsk by an Austrian diplomat from the Embassy in Moscow.

"Bilateral relations have evolved substantially over the last few years and particularly the significant investments by Austrian companies in Belarus seemed to make the opening of an embassy necessary. We are convinced that this step will add further momentum to…