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This week at the Foreign Office

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

The Foreign Secretary started this week at in New York for the final days of the UN General Assembly. He also announced that he will be visiting Russia in mid-October.

Today Nigeria celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary of independence. The Foreign Secretary and Nigerian Foreign Minister recorded a video message to mark the occasion.

Another country celebrating 50 years of independence today is Cyprus. Lord Howell is visiting the country to join the celebrations.

On Wednesday Minister for Europe David Lidington visited Scotland to talk to students at Edinburgh University about career opportunities in the European Union Institutions.

The UK’s Special Representative for Climate Change John Ashton has visited Colombia and Peru to see how each country can work with the UK to tackle global warming.

Astrophysicist Giovanni Tinetti talked about what she likes about London and the UK in our latest “See Britain” short film.

Our embassy in Afghanistan reported on the graduation of Afghanistan’s first female officers.

Foreign Office bloggers including Foreign Office Minister David Lidington, united to talk about the importance of free speech following the sentencing of an Iranian political blogger to 19.5 years in prison.

Our embassy in Ukraine wrote about the British military training Ukrainian army personnel.

In travel news this week we covered travel disruptions due to strikes in Europe and tropical storm warnings in Florida. We continue to monitor the situation in Ecuador.