This week at the Foreign Office

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A look at the work of the Foreign Office and our embassies overseas this week.

The Foreign Secretary started his week with a meeting with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister while he visited London.

The Foreign Secretary also recorded video messages for Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year and Eid, marking the end of Ramadan

Foreign Office Minister for Europe David Lidington recorded his latest video blog in Paris where he met French Europe Minister Pierre Lellouche and the French Prime Minister’s European Union advicer Gilles Briatta.

In his first trip to Japan as Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne visited Japan for meetings with members of the Japanese Government.

Thursday was the UK’s National Day at the Shanghai Expo. HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York was there to celebrate.

Stephen Green was announced as Minister of State for Trade and Investment by the Prime Minister.

The Stabilisation Unit’s Nick Hawton described life in a busy press office in Kosovo.

Pope Benedict XVI talked about his visit to the UK
next week in his weekly General Audience

Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham made a statement welcoming the announcement of a timetable for presidential elections in Nigeria.

A UK-Vietnam Strategic Partnership Declaration was signed by the Foreign Secretary and the Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam.

We also questioned is climate change responsible for natural disasters?

Next weekend the Foreign Office opens it’s doors to the public as part of Open House London. Just in time for that we have produced a downloadable audio guide on the history of the Foreign Office.