This week at the Foreign Office

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A look at news from the Foreign Office and British embassies overseas this week.

The Foreign Secretary started his week in Finland where he met Finnish business leaders, had meetings with some of the Finnish Ministers and gave a speech to Ambassadors at the Finnish Foreign Ministry’s annual leadership week.

On Tuesday he met the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister where they discussed many aspects of the strong relationship between the UK and Bangladesh.

Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham condemned the bombing in Somalia of innocent civilians, Parliamentarians and soldiers of the Transitional Federal Government.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg congratulated Kenya on the promulgation of a new constitution.

More details on Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to London on 16-19 September were published.

With 2 years to go until the Paralympic Games, One of the UK’s most successful Paralympians, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE commented on how far the UK has come in 35 years in the provision of disabled facilities and improving access in our latest See Britain film.

The British Embassy in Nepal gave their support to Nepal’s Pride festival.

Simon Fraser started today as the new Permanent Under Secretary for the Foreign Office.

We provided advice for fans travelling to this week’s Europa League matches. We’ve also published advice for the upcoming overseas Euro 2012 Qualifiers.