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New British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos arrives Nigeria

Laure Beaufils looks forward to working with a variety of Nigerian partners to further progress on the UK/Nigeria relationship

The British High Commission in Nigeria has announced the arrival of Laure Beaufils, appointed as British Deputy High Commissioner for Lagos, Laure is the first female to head the UK mission in Lagos. She arrived Nigeria on Monday, 20 January 2017, and already looks forward to the tasks ahead. Commenting…

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British High Commissioner welcomes returning Zambian Chevening scholars

The British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet spoke at a reception in Lusaka for returning 17 Zambian Chevening scholars who studied in the UK

Speaking at the event, which was also attended by the Zambian Minister of Higher Education Prof. Nkandu Luo, Mr Cochrane-Dyet said: "Welcome, and thank you for coming this evening. "I am delighted to be hosting this event to welcome the 17 Zambians who went to study at prestigious British universities.…

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Joint Troika Statement Supporting African Union High Level Implementation Panel Peace Process in Sudan

The Troika (Norway, UK and US) urge signatories of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement to honour their commitments

The Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) expresses its continued support for the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) peace process, led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki. In support of the AUHIP-brokered Roadmap Agreement signed by both the Government of Sudan and the opposition, the…

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Foreign Secretary to visit The Gambia and Ghana

The Foreign Secretary will visit The Gambia and Ghana this week on 14-15 February 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will meet with President Barrow and President Akufo-Addo on a two-day trip to West Africa. The Foreign Secretary will visit The Gambia and Ghana this week on 14-15 February 2017. This is the first recorded visit to The Gambia by a Foreign Secretary. He will meet President Barrow…

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Baroness Anelay’s visit to East Africa

Minister’s trip will focus on preventing sexual violence, supporting refugees and conflict prevention in the region

Baroness Anelay, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict (PSVI), will travel this week to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, where she will see first-hand the support provided by the UK on preventing sexual violence, strengthening human rights and delivering humanitarian aid. The Minister will also…

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Minister for North Africa statement on the closure of the Nadeem Centre in Egypt

FCO Minister Tobias Ellwood deeply concerned by Egypt’s closure of the Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence

Foreign Office Minister, Tobias Ellwood, said: "I am deeply concerned by the decision of the Government of Egypt’s closure of the Nadeem Centre for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, a prominent Egyptian human rights defender." "At a time when there are widespread concerns about torture and abuse in detention in…

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The Foreign Secretary congratulates President Farmajo on his victory in the Somali presidential elections

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson looks forward to meeting newly elected Somali President and working with him on shared priorities

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "I congratulate Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on his election as President of the Federal Republic of Somalia. Somalia has made huge progress in its recovery from two decades of civil war, but significant challenges remain that President Farmajo will need to address. "Immediate attention is needed to…

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Troika statement on declaration of AU, IGAD and UN on South Sudan

Joint statement from UK, US and Norway welcoming the joint declaration expressing concern about continued fighting and violence in South Sudan

The UK, US and Norway have issued the following joint statement: "The members of the Troika (Norway, UK and US) welcome the 29 January joint declaration of the AU, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the UN, on South Sudan. It expressed deep concern about the continuing spread of…

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UK and other donors commit to support Zambia's health sector

British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE says the UK and other health cooperating partners are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of all Zambians

Speaking on behalf of Cooperating Partners that are supporting Zambia’s health sector at the Health Sector Annual Consultative Meeting in Lusaka today, Mr Fergus said: "On behalf of the Health Cooperating Partners, let me start by wishing you a productive and fruitful 2017. We thank the honourable Minister and his…

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Foreign Secretary congratulates new Gambian president

Foreign Secretary says former President Jammeh must now stand aside to allow an orderly transition

Speaking after President Barrow’s inauguration, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: "I congratulate His Excellency Adama Barrow on his inauguration as the new President of The Gambia. "The elections of 1 December 2016 were free and fair, and an orderly expression of democratic choice by the Gambian people. They represent a…