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FCO Minister welcomes release of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

FCO Minister welcomes release of Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan

The Supreme Court of Azerbaijan has granted a conditional release to prominent journalist Khadija Ismayilova

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Foreign Secretary welcomes the release of Nadiya Savchenko

Foreign Secretary welcomes the release of Nadiya Savchenko

Nadiya Savchenko has been released following her illegal detention in Russia.

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UK Statement on Resumption of Inter Burundi Dialogue

UK Statement on Resumption of Inter Burundi Dialogue

UK Special Envoy welcomes the resumption of the Dialogue and the leadership of President Mkapa

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Foreign Secretary at EU Foreign Ministers' meeting on counter Daesh

Foreign Secretary at EU Foreign Ministers' meeting on counter Daesh

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is attending the Foreign Ministers' meeting on 23 May in Brussels, which will focus on the counter-Daesh strategy, Libya and migration

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UK concerned by political intimidation in DRC

UK concerned by political intimidation in DRC

UK Special Envoy to the Africa Great Lakes questions the Democratic Republic of Congo's government’s commitment to inclusive dialogue and elections

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Sweden v Wales: Travel advice

Sweden v Wales: Travel advice

Travel advice for Wales supporters travelling to Stockholm for the Sweden - Wales friendly at Friends Arena on the 5 June.

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Hugo Swire welcomes Chilean President to Chile Day 2016 in London

Hugo Swire welcomes Chilean President to Chile Day 2016 in London

The UK was proud to host the sixth consecutive Chile Day in London

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Baroness Anelay celebrates World Red Cross and Red Crescent Week

Baroness Anelay celebrates World Red Cross and Red Crescent Week

The Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Anelay celebrated World Red Cross and Red Crescent Week

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Joint Statement by the Foreign Secretary and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar

Joint Statement by the Foreign Secretary and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar

During the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Gibraltar today (May 11), he and the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, issued the following joint statement:

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Georgia

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Georgia

Mr Justin McKenzie Smith has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Georgia

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Nuevo Embajador Británico para Uruguay

Nuevo Embajador Británico para Uruguay

Ian Duddy ha sido designado Embajador de Su Majestad Británica para Uruguay.

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Comunicado de prensa conjunto México   Reino Unido

Comunicado de prensa conjunto México Reino Unido

Esta reunión representó una oportunidad para evaluar el estado de la relación bilateral Reino Unido - México

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Queen's Birthday Party 2016   Speech by H.E. Vicki Treadell

Queen's Birthday Party 2016 Speech by H.E. Vicki Treadell

The British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, spoke at the annual Queen's Birthday Party celebrations.

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UK Oman Joint Working Group Statement

UK Oman Joint Working Group Statement

Minister Tobias Ellwood and His Excellency Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al Busaidi chair the ninth meeting of the UK-Oman Joint Working Group.

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Baroness Anelay Twitter Q&A

Baroness Anelay Twitter Q&A

Baroness Anelay will be answering the public’s questions on Human Rights on the 28th April.

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100 days to Rio: Team GB hero urges Olympic fans to stay safe

100 days to Rio: Team GB hero urges Olympic fans to stay safe

Stars of British sport give FCO travel advice a gold medal.

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UK Concerned About Political Intimidation in DRC

UK Concerned About Political Intimidation in DRC

Special Envoy calls on DRC government to uphold the right to free expression guaranteed by the African Charter on Democracy

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UK Concerned About Political Intimidation in DRC

UK Concerned About Political Intimidation in DRC

Special Envoy calls on DRC government to uphold the right to free expression guaranteed by the African Charter on Democracy

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Foreign Secretary's 2016 Passover message

Foreign Secretary's 2016 Passover message

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond sends his warmest wishes to all those celebrating Passover

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Troika statement on continued delay in South Sudan peace process

Troika statement on continued delay in South Sudan peace process

UK, US and Norway demand Riek Machar returns to Juba and transitional government is formed.

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Sport Relief Mile 2016 Kazakhstan

Sport Relief Mile 2016   Kazakhstan

The British Embassy Astana is organising a charity run on Saturday, 14 May, and calls for participants.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York

Change of Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York

Antonia Romeo appointed Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and to the newly created role of Director-General Economic and Commercial Affairs USA

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Minister Tobias Ellwood condemns murder of Nazimuddin Samad

Minister Tobias Ellwood condemns murder of Nazimuddin Samad

Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood comments on the death of Nazimuddin Samad.

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Joint Statement Encouraging Sudanese Parties to Agree on the AUHIP Roadmap

Joint Statement Encouraging Sudanese Parties to Agree on the AUHIP Roadmap

Troika countries welcome AUHIP Roadmap for Sudan, urge government to clarify commitments on National Dialogue, and encourage opposition to subsequently sign.

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Minister for Central Asia visits Turkey and Uzbekistan

Minister for Central Asia visits Turkey and Uzbekistan

The visit by FCO Minister Tobias Ellwood focused on support to Syria as well as regional security and prosperity.

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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Japan

Mr Paul Madden CMG has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Japan in succession to Mr Tim Hitchens CMG LVO

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UK concern at treatment of prisoners in Burundi

UK concern at treatment of prisoners in Burundi

UK Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes, Danae Dholakia, calls on Burundian government to protect prisoners’ human rights and stop abuses.

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UK response to Argentina’s intention to extend its continental shelf

UK response to Argentina’s intention to extend its continental shelf

The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on 28th March a planned expansion of its maritime territory in the South Atlantic Ocean by 660,000 square miles.

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First release of Foreign Office files on Nazi persecution victims

First release of Foreign Office files on Nazi persecution victims

National Archives has released FCO files relating to the compensation for British victims of Nazi persecution during the Second World War

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Foreign Secretary welcomes ceasefire in Yemen

Foreign Secretary welcomes ceasefire in Yemen

Philip Hammond urges all parties to come to a political settlement

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Foreign Secretary comments on sentencing of Radovan Karadžic

Foreign Secretary comments on sentencing of Radovan Karadžic

The Foreign Secretary welcomes today's important judgment of the ICTY in the case against Radovan Karadžic.

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Foreign Secretary statement on FAC report on UK’s role in war against Daesh (ISIL)

Foreign Secretary statement on FAC report on UK’s role in war against Daesh (ISIL)

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond responds to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee report on the UK’s role in the war against Daesh (ISIL) following the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria in February 2016.

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UK submits response to UN Working Group on Assange case

UK submits response to UN Working Group on Assange case

The United Kingdom has submitted a formal response to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) relating to the case of Julian Assange.

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Enjoy AMP Lost&Found festival 2016 and be #festivalaware!

Enjoy AMP Lost&Found festival 2016 and be #festivalaware!

Read our essential advice for festival-goers this year. Learn how you can stay safe in Malta so you can enjoy yourselves!

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Foreign Secretary condemns guilty verdict in case against Nadiya Savchenko

Foreign Secretary condemns guilty verdict in case against Nadiya Savchenko

Foreign Secretary calls for immediate release of Nadiya Savchenko.

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Travel advice consultation launched

Travel advice consultation launched

Travellers are being asked to give their views on how the travel advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is presented.

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Foreign Secretary's Nowruz message 2016 (1395)

Foreign Secretary's Nowruz message 2016 (1395)

Philip Hammond expresses his best wishes to those celebrating Nowruz in Britain, Iran and around the world.

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Super Priority Visa Service launched in Astana from 22 March 2016

Super Priority Visa Service launched in Astana from 22 March 2016

On 22 March 2016 UK Visas & Immigration launch a 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service at the UK Visa Application Centre in Astana, Kazakhstan

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The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP remarks at the British American Business Chamber 20th anniversary

The Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP   remarks at the British American Business Chamber 20th anniversary

Minister for State Hugo Swire delivers a speech at the British American Business Chamber 20th anniversary event in Birmingham

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UK UAE Taskforce meeting

UK UAE Taskforce meeting

The fifteenth meeting of the UK-UAE Taskforce was hosted by Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood MP on 16 March in London

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The Commonwealth is no relic of the past

The Commonwealth is no relic of the past

FCO Minister Hugo Swire blogs on the importance of the Commonwealth for the present and future.

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Partnership in prosperity

Partnership in prosperity

Ambassador Paul Brummell's keynote address at Growth Forum, an event organised by the National Bank of Romania and Profit.ro economic news website.

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Review of British Antarctic Territory Legislation post consultation

Review of British Antarctic Territory Legislation   post consultation

Changes to the Official Gazette and new Attorney General and Revision of Law Ordinances.

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FCO Minister condemns violence in Israel and OPTs

FCO Minister condemns violence in Israel and OPTs

Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood condemns violence in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories

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Open data speech by ambassador Paul Brummell

Open data speech by ambassador Paul Brummell

UK and Romania celebrate International Open Data Day at 'Romania's Commitment in Open Government Partnership' event in Bucharest.

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