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Foreign Office
Thursday, May 5th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

Foreign Office Minister comments on World Press Freedom Day 2016

“Tragically journalists in many countries around the world are still forced to operate in dangerous environments”.

On World Press Freedom Day 2016, Foreign Office Minister Baroness Anelay said: Promoting freedom of the press and the right to access information is not just the right thing to do; it is also the smart thing to do. Where it is denied, we see a stifling of healthy debate and innovation, harming a country’s long term social and economic prospects, Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay said on World Press Freedom Day.

Friday, February 26th 2016 - 07:05 UTC

Britain protests 'provocative' incursion in Gibraltar waters by Spanish corvette

The Spanish corvette Infanta Elena also sailed close to Gibraltar on Wednesday with weapons uncovered

Britain has protested to Spain after a Spanish warship “manoeuvred dangerously” during an incursion into British Gibraltar territorial waters, risking collision with a Royal Navy patrol boat.

Monday, February 15th 2016 - 05:57 UTC

Falklands' visit by Defense secretary Fallon “while parliament is in recess”

A Whitehall source said: ‘Michael has irritated the Foreign Office. They think it looks bellicose and will make it harder to do business with Buenos Aires”

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon is scheduled to visit the Falkland Islands this week, the first such visit in over a decade. However the timing of the visit has caused some irritation with the Foreign Office, according to the London media, since it could interfere with the current approach with the new Argentine administration.

Thursday, January 14th 2016 - 06:24 UTC

Gibraltar logged 431 Spanish vessels' incursions into territorial waters

Figures released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office show that a total of 431 incursions were logged by British officials last year.

The number of unlawful incursions by Spanish state vessels into British Gibraltar territorial waters rose last year compared to 2014. But the number of serious incidents tailed off in the final months of 2015 against the context of diplomatic efforts to increase cooperation at sea, according to a report published in the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Tuesday, January 5th 2016 - 06:55 UTC

UK reply to Argentina: no yield on Falklands' right to choose their future

On Sunday Malcorra called for Falklands' return, arguing Argentine commitment to peaceful settlement of differences, international law and multilateralism.

Argentina's January 3rd. statement on the Falkland Islands dispute claiming sovereignty and calling for dialogue with the United Kingdom has received a low key but strong response from the Foreign Office, according to the Mail on line.

Friday, November 27th 2015 - 06:10 UTC

Cameron and Macri agree to 'strengthen relations' and 'to pursue a path of open dialogue'

Cameron's office said the PM had called Macri to congratulate him, and also pledged support for Argentina's economic reform program

Britain's David Cameron and Argentina's president-elect Mauricio Macri agreed to “strengthen relations” and “to pursue a path of open dialogue” between their countries after a phone call Thursday, Downing Street said.

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 04:45 UTC

Should UK Overseas Territories have representation in Westminster?

The panel consisted of Falklands MLA Roger Edwards, Andrew Rosindell, MP,  Philip Smith of FOTBOT, and Fabian Picardo, Chief Minister of Gibraltar.

A recent formation of the Friends of the British Overseas Territories, FOTBOT, had an interesting participation at the British parties conferences this season with fringe meetings open to the public and panel discussions on political issues pertaining to the British Overseas Territories, including whether BOT's should have representation in Westminster.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

Minister Swire opens Minas Gerais Consulate General, ahead of Rio 2016 Olympics

Minister Hugo Swire said he was “excited to open our new British Consulate General in Belo Horizonte, and to visit Minas Gerais for the first time”.

The United Kingdom preparing for Rio Olympics 2016 with a new pilot Consulate General in Belo Horizonte to make the most of trade and business opportunities ahead of the Games.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:59 UTC

“Let the private sector make business with Falkland/Malvinas, a blockade in the Americas is unacceptable” said lawmaker Trobo

Trobo was in London this week and met for over an hour with Foreign Office minister for Latin American affairs Hugo Swire (L)

Uruguayan lawmaker Jaime Trobo said that a blockade in the Americas was 'unacceptable' and called for closer links between the Falkland/Malvinas Islands and the continent, urging the private sector to take advantage of the business opportunities in trade and services.

Monday, August 17th 2015 - 07:54 UTC

Ecuador hits back at the UK over the Assange asylum case in London

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said Ecuador's decision to harbor Assange had prevented the proper course of justice.

Ecuador has hit back at the UK government over who is to blame for the deadlock in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The 44-year-old Australian has been living in Ecuador's embassy in London for more than three years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces sexual assault allegations.

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