Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Hugo Swire arrived on Monday afternoon to the Falkland Islands for a visit that will extend from 10-14 February.
During his visit to the British Overseas Territory, Mr Swire is scheduled to meet the Falklands Legislative Assembly, and senior Falkland Islands Government officials to discuss their plans for development of the Falklands’ economy. He will also hold talks with representatives from the private sector.
Mr. Swire will also visit the British Cemetery at San Carlos and the Argentine Cemetery at Goose Green to lay wreaths in memory of those who died in the 1982 conflict.
In a referendum in March 2013 Falkland Islanders voted by 99.8% to remain a UK Overseas Territory.
Speaking prior to his arrival, Mr Swire said that he is looking forward to learning about the Falklands’ economy and the plans for future development.
The people of the Falkland Islands are British because they have chosen to be so. This was clearly reinforced by the referendum result last year when 99.8% voted in favour of remaining a UK Overseas Territory, said Mr. Swire on leaving Brize Norton.
He added that the UK has administered the Falkland Islands peacefully and effectively for 181 years. But our relationship with the Islands today is a modern one based on mutual respect and partnership. These Islands are a democratic, self-governing Overseas Territory and are rightly proud to be economically self-sufficient
Falklands Governor Nigel Haywood highlighted the event saying that the visit is important for the Islands.