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Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Zambian Chevening Scholars donate to charity

The Acting High Commissioner Andrew Hamilton has commended the Zambian Chevening Alumni for donating eight (8) computers and a financial donation to a charity in Lusaka

The donation to Dorothy’s Dream, a community school for underprivileged children in Chainda, Lusaka, is part of the many activities that Chevening Alumni, a body of scholars who where sponsored by the British Government to study in the UK, has planned to support communities and contribute to Zambia’s development. Speaking…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Angola

Jessica Hand has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Angola

Mrs Jessica Hand has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Angola and non-resident Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe in succession to Mr John Dennis, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mrs Hand will take up her appointment in February…

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Troika and EU Joint Statement on South Sudan

The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the European Union

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union condemn the continuing violence in South Sudan, especially the Government of South Sudan’s current offensive against SPLM-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) forces near Pagak, as well as ongoing road ambushes and attacks by the SPLM-IO. The Pagak…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon visits Ghana

The visit reaffirmed strong Commonwealth links in free trade and democratic values

Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign Office Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Nations travelled to Ghana for the first time in his new role to reaffirm the importance of Ghanaian-UK relations, and reenergise the Commonwealth, ahead of the Commonwealth Summit meeting in April. This follows the Foreign…

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UK announces £90 million funding for family planning in Ethiopia

The UK Department for International Development announced £90 million of support for family planning in Ethiopia

The UK, through its Department for International Development today announced its new Family Planning by Choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years. The programme will work with the Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women…

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Top British Diplomat Visits Tanzania

UK's Head of Diplomatic Service in Dar es Salaam on a 2 day visit

Sir Simon McDonald, Permanent Under Secretary and Head of Her Majesty’s British Diplomatic Service is on a visit to Dar es Salaam helping to cement the close relationship between Tanzania and the UK, Tanzania’s number one foreign direct investor. During his 2 day visit, the top diplomat will meet Tanzania’s…

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Foreign Secretary statement on the appointment of a new UN SRSG for Libya

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomes the appointment of Ghassan Salamé as Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Libya

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: I welcome the appointment of Ghassan Salamé to the role of Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) for Libya and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Mr Salamé brings a wealth of experience from three decades in public service and…

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Angelina Jolie visits British military team in Kenya

Ms Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI), yesterday visited training for United Nations and African Union Peacekeepers at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya

This specialist instructional course hosted by the IPSTC is funded by the UK’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) and delivered with the support of the British Peace Support Team (East Africa). Ms Jolie’s visit to the region has two distinct but complementary purposes: to highlight the continued plight of…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

British High Commissioner congratulates Zambia’s winner of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award

British High Commissioner Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE has congratulated this year's Queen’s Young Leaders Award winner from Zambia, Natasha Salifyanji Kaoma

Speaking at a send off event in Lusaka today, British High Commissioner, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet OBE said: I congratulate Natasha on this recognition of her achievements and leadership skills. She is making a real difference in the community by raising awareness about sexual health. We are looking forward to seeing more…

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Foreign Secretary statement on UN Security Council resolution on arms smuggling in Libya

Foreign Secretary statement on UN Security Council’s decision to unanimously adopt resolution targeting arms smuggling off the coast of Libya

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: I welcome the UN Security Council’s decision to unanimously adopt the UK drafted resolution targeting arms smuggling in the high seas off the coast of Libya. The resolution demonstrates the international community’s commitment to tackle the illegal flow of weapons into Libya, which fuels internal…