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Foreign Secretary's Commonwealth Day 2016 statement

Philip Hammond emphasises the importance of inclusiveness across the Commonwealth.


The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:

Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diverse partnership of nations that makes up the modern Commonwealth. I welcome this year’s theme of an Inclusive Commonwealth, which goes to the heart of the shared values set out in the Commonwealth Charter. Promoting tolerance, tackling discrimination and building inclusive governance and opportunity for all are critical to developing stronger, more secure and prosperous societies.

The UK is committed to working with the Commonwealth, its member states and leaders to uphold our shared democratic values and the international rules-based system.

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Published 14 March 2016
Last updated 14 March 2016 + show all updates
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