FCO re-open Embassy in Madagascar

The re-opening of Britain's Embassy in Madagascar after seven years.

The Ambassador, Mr Timothy Smart, will take up his appointment in Antananarivo this month, and the Embassy will be fully functional by March 2013.

This marks Britain’s full diplomatic re-engagement with Madagascar after the decision by the last British Government to close the Embassy in 2005. The new Embassy replaces the British Interests Section which was set up in the German Embassy in November 2008.

Foreign Secretary Hague's statement reads

"Having a fully accredited British Ambassador and Embassy in Antananarivo will enable UK to provide more effective systematic support to British business, a stronger trade and investment relationship with Madagascar, and full consular assistance to British residents and visitors.

The resources of a full embassy will also allow FCO to work more effectively with the international community to support Madagascar’s return to a fully recognized constitutional government after free and fair elections, as set out in the Southern African Development Community’s roadmap.

This decision sends a strong signal of British interest in and engagement with Madagascar and the region."